North Carolina-native Ryan Sanford joins Marksmen as Equipment Manager

(Photo Courtesy of the Charlotte Rush)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Heading into the month of hockey, the Fayetteville Marksmen professional hockey team has went in-state in finding its newest Equipment Manager, Ryan “Sandbox” Sanford.

Sanford, an Indian Trail native, is a former player for the Charlotte Rush (USPHL-Premier). Following his playing career, Sanford stepped in as an Assistant Equipment Manager under Matthaeus Wanninger for the Rush for the 2016-2017 Season, where the team would win the USPHL-Elite Championship.

After the season, Wanninger departed to be the Equipment Manager for, coincidentally, the Fayetteville Marksmen, and Sanford was promoted to Head Equipment Manager for 2017-2018.

Now after a couple seasons with the Rush, Sanford finds himself moving to the same position that started the journey for him – with the Marksmen.

“It means the world to start my professional career here in Fayetteville,” said Sanford “I was fortunate enough to come help out with the team a couple years ago in Juniors and see what it means to be a Marksmen. Now that I’m here, I can’t wait to get started and wear the logo proudly.”

Sanford will be the second former-member of the Rush joining the Marksmen for the 2019-2020 season, with Forward Kyle Moore signing to a tryout agreement earlier in September.

Welcome to Fayetteville, Sandbox!

The preparation for the 2019-2020 season begins now for the Fayetteville Marksmen organization, with Opening Night on October 19Season Tickets are on-sale now, with the most affordable plans and best benefits we’ve ever offered.

If you’re interested in partnering up with the Marksmen organization, or hearing about our season ticket packages, group packages, mini-plans, or advertising benefits in-arena or with the broadcast, email Community Relations Director and Broadcaster Shawn Bednard, or call the Marksmen Office at (910) 321-0123.


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The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.