|Orlando Solar Bears|
|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)|
|2012–present:||Orlando Solar Bears|
The team revived the name of the original Orlando Solar Bears, who played in the International Hockey League from 1995 to 2001. 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 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.
The team was acquired by the ownership of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic in May of 2017. This is the same ownership that owned the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League that had the team folded when that league merged with the American Hockey League in 2001.
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||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||Pts||GF||GA||Standing||Avg. Attendence||Year||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Kelly Cup|
|2012–13||72||28||37||3||4||63||197||253||5th, South||6,668||2013||Out of playoffs|
|2013–14||72||43||24||2||3||91||225||219||2nd, South||6,355||2014||L, 2–4, CIN||—||—||—|
|2014–15||72||37||25||6||4||84||236||215||4th, East||6,209||2015||L, 2–4, FLA||—||—||—|
|2015–16||72||33||30||4||5||75||224||232||3rd, South||6,226||2016||Out of playoffs|
|2016–17||72||36||26||7||3||82||260||258||4th, East||N/A||2017||L, 2–4, FLA||—||—||—|
Updated on February 8, 2017
|1||Kasimir Kaskisuo||G||R||6-3||195||Oct 2, 1993||Vantaa, Finland|
|2||Kyle Shapiro||D||R||6.01||190||Jan 18, 1990||Ambler, PA, United States|
|3||Austin Block||F||R||5-11||185||Oct 10, 1989||Denver, CO, United States|
|4||Taylor Doherty||D||R||6-7||235||Mar 2, 1991||Cambridge, ON, Canada|
|5||Chad LaRose||F||R||5.10||173||Mar 27, 1982||Fraser, MI, United States|
|7||Eric Baier||D||R||6-2||210||Mar 26, 1988||North Kingstown, RI, United States|
|10||Jon Jutzi||D||L||6-2||200||Apr 22, 1991||Tavistock, ON, Canada|
|11||Alexandre Carrier||F||R||6-3||210||Feb 18, 1991||St-Elzear-de-Beauce, QC, Canada|
|14||Denver Manderson||F||R||5-10||180||Apr 22, 1989||Fergus, ON, Canada|
|16||Ben Danford||D||R||6-0||185||May 17, 1989||Stillwater, MN, United States|
|17||Trevor Ludwig||D||L||6-1||210||May 24, 1985||Rhinelander, WI, United States|
|18||Daniel Maggio||D||R||6.03||205||Mar 4, 1991||Windsor, ON|
|19||Alex Gacek||F||R||5-8||175||Apr 6, 1993||Hampton, NH, United States|
|20||Milos Bubela||F||R||6-2||190||Aug 25, 1992||Banska Bystrica, Slovakia|
|21||Darik Angeli||F||R||6-3||201||Oct 11, 1990||Lakewood, CO, United States|
|22||Brenden Miller||D||L||6-1||198||Mar 29, 1994||Orangeville, ON, Canada|
|23||Chris Bradley||D||L||6-2||205||May 20, 1993||Williamsville, NY, United States|
|25||Mason Marchment||F||L||6-4||201||Jun 18, 1991||Uxbridge, ON, Canada|
|26||Joe Perry||F||R||6-2||215||Aug 29, 1989||Nanaimo, BC, Canada|
|28||Chris Crane||F||R||6-1||193||Dec 2, 1991||West Chester, OH, United States|
|31||Ryan Massa||G||R||6-0||180||Jul 6, 1990||Littleton, CO, United States|
|47||Patrick Watling||F||L||6-0||180||Sep 26, 1993||Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada|
|74||Chase Witala||F||L||6-0||175||May 27, 1995||Prince George, BC, Canada|
|96||Shane Conacher||F||R||5-11||177||Apr 24, 1994||Burlington, ON, Canada|
|Head Coach||Drake Berehowsky|
|Asst. Coach||Jon Snowden|
|Athletic Trainer||John Finley|
|Equipment Manager||Adam Dexter|
- ↑ Press release (November 16, 2011). Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears. ECHL. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
- ↑ Out of Hibernation and into the Wild. Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved on May 15, 2012.
- ↑ SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH. Orlando Solar Bears (June 19, 2012). Retrieved on June 19, 2012.
- ↑ Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando. Retrieved on August 24, 2014.
- ↑ Orlando to host 2015 ECHL All-Star Game. WKMG TV. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
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