GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Swamp Rabbits rookie forward Greg Meireles has been selected ECHL’s Howies Hockey Tape Rookie of the Month for January. Across nine games last month, the 22-year-old posted points in seven nights and totaled 11 points (three goals, eight assists).
Meireles is the first Swamp Rabbits player to earn Rookie of the Month honors since March 2014 (Josh Nicholls).
"Meireles has been a consistent spark plug in our lineup all season," said Swamp Rabbits Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations Andrew Lord. He continued, "His skating ability and quick release make him a dynamic, young player."
Meireles’ strong month featured a seven-game point streak running from Dec. 27, 2020-Jan.17, 2021. The 6th round selection, 168th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2019 NHL Draft tallied four multi-point games in January to lead the Swamp Rabbits.
A former Ottawa Jr. Senators forward, Meireles ranks second among ECHL rookies with 10 assists and 14 points in 13 games.
The Swamp Rabbits return to action on Wednesday, February 3 to kickoff a home-and-home against the South Carolina Stingrays. Both teams will battle Wednesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum before a rematch in the Upstate on Thursday. Ticket information for Greenville’s Thirsty Thursday promotion is available online at swamprabbits.com.
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Acquired by Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) in 2020, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team have been providing family friendly, live entertainment at Bon Secours Wellness Arena since 2010. Formerly the Greenville Road Warriors, the Swamp Rabbits are the highest level professional minor league franchise in South Carolina. The Swamp Rabbits are proud affiliates of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Greenville is a member of the ECHL, Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League. Since the conclusion of the 2019-20 NHL Season, 678 former ECHL players have debuted in the NHL. Nine former Greenville Road Warriors/Swamp Rabbits have later made their NHL debut