With opening night quickly approaching, fans have begun to worry about some big names not returning to the Coliseum this year, but hopefully, this signing puts a lot at ease as Josh Wilkins is set to return for his second season with the South Carolina Stingrays. “I had one of my favorite pro seasons of my career last year,” said Wilkins. “There wasn’t one bad apple in the locker room. We all got along, which is hard to find, especially in pro sports. I’ve talked to a few guys on the team last year, and they’re ready to get the season going. It’s been a long summer, and we’re all looking forward to getting back out there.”
Wilkins led the team in points last season with 62 (21 goals and 41 assists) and also led the team in assists. Many fans will recall the scuffle during the first game of playoffs, resulting in Wilkins not returning to the ice and later being fined and suspended for Game 2 of the playoffs. He quickly made up for his absence by contributing a goal in Game 5 of the low-scoring playoff matchup.
The 5’11 forward has over 200 games of professional experience, including 81 games in the AHL, where he spent time with the Milwaukee Admirals and the Tuscon Roadrunners. He also spent time playing overseas, which the ECHL has seen a shift in this season in particular. Before starting his professional career with the Admirals, Wilkins attended Providence College and had an impressive career with the Friars. The Raleigh native was able to tally up 48 goals and 60 assists in his three years with the program.