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MacDonald signs pro hockey contract with ECHL team

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Cam MacDonald, fresh off leading the Colby College men's hockey team to a league title and a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four, has signed a contract with the East Coast Hockey League's South Carolina Stringrays.

South Carolina is an affiliate for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. 
"It has always been a dream of mine to continue playing after college. I am extremely fortunate to have signed a contract with South Carolina and I'm very thankful for the opportunity they are giving me," MacDonald said. "Training camp starts on Oct. 1, so I will spend most of my time this summer preparing. I'm on the ice about four times a week."
MacDonald is the second Colby player in two years to sign a contract with an ECHL team. Jack Burton '17 had three goals and eight assists on defense for the Indy Fuel this past season.
MacDonald had a team-high 16 goals and added 10 assists for 26 points in his senior season. He and the Mules won the New England Small College Athletic Conference title and then won two NCAA games to make the national semifinals.
"Cam has had the good fortune to play with great teammates at Colby and in a great league that develops players to be their best," said Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald, who is Cam's father. "He has made the most of his opportunities and now gets a chance to prove himself at the next level." 
MacDonald was an impact player for the Mules since his opening season. He had 77 career points on 33 goals and 44 assists in 103 games. 
South Carolina won 48 games, finished second in the ECHL South Division, and made the league playoffs. The Stingrays open the season in Jacksonville on Oct. 13 and have their home opener against Greenville on Oct. 20.
"It will be a challenge going against older players who have been playing professionally for years, but it's a challenge I'm looking forward to," MacDonald said. "I have learned so much from my Colby teammates and coaches both on and off the ice. Nothing will compare to putting on the Colby jersey and playing in the Alfond, but it's a new chapter I'm looking forward to."