Nate Kiser of the South Carolina Stingrays is sweating.
Not because it’s 96 degrees in the shade. Or because he wonders whether he’ll make next year’s cut. Or because the air conditioner is busted at his new home in Hanahan. Nope.
Kiser is sweating because, for the last month, he’s been out of work. He was “laid off” on May 17 when the Stingrays were eliminated from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Conference Finals. The temporary pink slip is an annual event for every player in the ECHL.
“Sitting around in your house doing nothing for about a week is cool, but after about a week and those bills start rolling in and everyone is out working and you’re doing nothing…” he says. In the meantime, Kiser keeps one eye on the classifieds.