Patrick Gaul (F)
South Carolina Stingrays
Gaul is the longest-tenured member of the Rays and the 2017-18 season is his sixth professional year, all of which include time in South Carolina. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native returns to the Lowcountry after posting career-highs in assists and points during the 2016-17 regular season while serving as an alternate captain for the third consecutive year. In 67 regular season games, Gaul notched 37 points on 11 goals and 26 assists before adding four points in 11 postseason contests.
In 277 career games with South Carolina, Gaul has registered 124 points (46 goals, 78 assists) to go along with a +52 rating. Additionally, the fan-favorite has played a key role on South Carolina's penalty kill which has finished first in the ECHL during 2014-15 and 2015-16 and first in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.
Gaul, 27, is also very active in the Lowcountry community and was previously the winner of the 2015 Jerry Zucker Community Service Award. Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound forward attended Notre Dame for four seasons picking up 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 80 games and helped the Fighting Irish capture a CCHA Championship in 2008-09.