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Orlando Solar Bears
Orlando Solar Bears logo
City: Orlando, Florida
League: ECHL
Conference: Eastern
Division: East
Founded: 2011
Home Arena: Amway Center
Colors: Solar purple, seafoam green, sunset orange, sunrise gold, white
                        
Owner(s): Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P.
Head Coach: Vince Williams
Media: Orlando Sentinel , WJRR Orlando, Fl. , ECHL.TV
Affiliates: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)

Toronto Marlies (AHL)

Franchise history
2012–present: Orlando Solar Bears

The Orlando Solar Bears are a professional ice hockey team in Orlando, Florida. They play in the East Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. They play home games at the Amway Center.

HistoryEdit

The team revived the name of the original Orlando Solar Bears, who played in the International Hockey League from 1995 to 2001.[1] The franchise also retained the original colors of their IHL predecessor, while adding the color Sunrise Gold. They are Orlando's third professional hockey team, after the original Solar Bears and Orlando Seals (2002–2004). Together with the Florida Everblades of Estero, they are one of two ECHL franchises in Florida. They are the eighth ECHL franchise to have the name of a previous IHL franchise, joining four current teams (Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Utah Grizzlies and Kalamazoo Wings) and three former teams (the defunct Phoenix Roadrunners and Long Beach Ice Dogs; and the Peoria Rivermen, which moved to the AHL).

The Solar Bears utilize RDV Sportsplex Ice Den as their training facility and offices.

On May 10, 2012, the team announced that it will be affiliated with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL and the Iowa Wild of the AHL.[2]

On June 19, 2012, the Solar Bears announced that former NHL player Drake Berehowsky would serve as the team's first head coach.[3]

On June 19, 2013, the Solar Bears announced that Vince Williams will serve as head coach. Williams is a former Solar Bears defenseman.

On July 22, 2013, the Solar Bears announced their affiliation with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. On August 1, 2014, the Leafs announced they were extended their affiliation with the Solar Bears for an additional two years, during which point the Leafs will be the Solar Bears' sole NHL affiliate.[4]

The Solar Bears will host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center on January 21, 2015.[5]

MediaEdit

The radio for Solar Bears games is streamed online through iHeart Radio on the online channel for WYGM "740 the Game".

As with all ECHL teams, video of Solar Bears games are available on America One, usually with a choice between home or away radio feeds for audio.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Avg. Attendence Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2012–13722837 3 4631972535th, South6,6682013 Out of playoffs
2013–14724324 2 3912252192nd, South6,3552014 L, 2–4, CIN
2014–15723725 6 4842362154th, East6,2092015 L, 2–4, FLA
2015–16723330 4 5752242323rd, South6,2262016 Out of playoffs

Current rosterEdit

Updated November 29, 2014.[6][7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Flag of Canada.svg Bergin, MikeMike Bergin

 Injury icon 2

D L 28 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Solar Bears
16 Flag of the United States Biggs, TylerTyler Biggs

RW R 23 2014 Loveland, Ohio Maple Leafs
6 Flag of Canada.svg Carrier, AlexandreAlexandre Carrier

RW R 25 2014 Saint-Elzera-de-Beauce, Quebec Albany
17 Flag of the United States Cepis, JacobJacob Cepis

F L 28 2013 Parma, Ohio Solar Bears
30 Flag of Canada.svg Clermont, MaximeMaxime Clermont

G L 24 2014 Montreal, Quebec New Jersey
19 Flag of Canada.svg Della Rovere, StefanStefan Della Rovere

LW L 26 2014 Richmond Hill, Ontario Marlies
14 Flag of Canada.svg Fournier, GleasonGleason Fournier

D L 25 2014 Saint-Fabien, Quebec Solar Bears
22 Flag of Canada.svg Gallant, AlexAlex Gallant

C L 23 2014 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Solar Bears
27 Flag of the United States Keenan, MikeMike Keenan

D L 27 2014 Weymouth, Massachusetts Solar Bears
20 Flag of the United States Kessel, BlakeBlake Kessel

D R 27 2013 Verona, Wisconsin Marlies
26 Flag of the United States Knodel, EricEric Knodel

D R 26 2014 West Chester, Pennsylvania Maple Leafs
12 Flag of Canada.svg Kontos, KristoffKristoff Kontos

C L 22 2014 Penetangore, Ontario Solar Bears
9 Flag of the United States Lang, MickeyMickey Lang

C R 30 2014 Reno, Nevada Marlies
29 Flag of the United States Larson, NickNick Larson

LW R 27 2014 Apple Valley, Minnesota Solar Bears
23 Flag of Canada.svg Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson

C R 27 2014 Fergus, Ontario Marlies
18 Flag of Canada.svg Miller, GregGreg Miller

C L 27 2014 Toronto, Ontario Solar Bears
21 Flag of Canada.svg Montgomery, BrockBrock Montgomery

RW L 24 2014 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Solar Bears
25 Flag of the United States Neilsen, CarlCarl Neilsen

F R 28 2014 Lorain, Ohio Solar Bears
35 Flag of the United States Patterson, KentKent Patterson

G L 27 2014 Plymouth, Minnesota Solar Bears
8 Flag of the United States Rosen, BenBen Rosen

D/F L 27 2014 Syosset, New York Solar Bears
11 Flag of Canada.svg Ross, BradBrad Ross

LW R 24 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta Maple Leafs
28 Flag of Canada.svg Rupert, RyanRyan Rupert

C L 22 2014 Grand Bend, Ontario Maple Leafs
32 Flag of the United States Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks

G L 22 2013 Elmhurst, Illinois Maple Leafs
13 Flag of Canada.svg Tanski, ScottScott Tanski

 Injury icon 2

F R 26 2012 Athabasca, Alberta Solar Bears
10 Flag of Canada.svg Ullrich, MikeMike Ullrich

C L 30 2013 Banff, Alberta Solar Bears


Staff
Title Staff Member
Head Coach Vince Williams
Asst. Coach Brad Tapper
Athletic Trainer John Finley
Equipment Manager Adam Dexter

ReferencesEdit

  1. Press release (November 16, 2011). Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears. ECHL. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  2. Out of Hibernation and into the Wild. Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved on May 15, 2012.
  3. SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH. Orlando Solar Bears (June 19, 2012). Retrieved on June 19, 2012.
  4. Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando. Retrieved on August 24, 2014.
  5. Orlando to host 2015 ECHL All-Star Game. WKMG TV. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  6. Orlando Solar Bears Roster. Retrieved on 2014-11-29.
  7. "SOLAR BEARS ADD MICHAEL CATENACCI". Orlando Solar Bears (December 3, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-12-14.

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