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Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

Orlando Solar Bears
2014–15 ECHL season
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.

History

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]

Media

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 results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Avg. Attendance
2012–13 72 28 37 3 4 63 197 253 5th, South 6,668
2013–14 72 43 24 2 3 91 225 219 2nd, South 6,355

Playoffs

Season Opening Round Semi-Finals Finals Avg. Attendance
2012–13 Out of playoffs

Current roster

Updated December 4, 2014.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Bergin, MikeMike Bergin Injured Reserve D L 26 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Solar Bears
16 Biggs, TylerTyler Biggs RW R 21 2014 Loveland, Ohio Maple Leafs
6 Carrier, AlexandreAlexandre Carrier RW R 24 2014 Saint-Elzera-de-Beauce, Quebec Albany
17 Cepis, JacobJacob Cepis F L 27 2013 Parma, Ohio Solar Bears
30 Clermont, MaximeMaxime Clermont G L 23 2014 Montreal, Quebec New Jersey
19 Della Rovere, StefanStefan Della Rovere LW L 25 2014 Richmond Hill, Ontario Marlies
14 Fournier, GleasonGleason Fournier D L 23 2014 Saint-Fabien, Quebec Solar Bears
22 Gallant, AlexAlex Gallant C L 22 2014 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Solar Bears
20 Kessel, BlakeBlake Kessel D R 25 2013 Verona, Wisconsin Marlies
26 Knodel, EricEric Knodel D R 24 2014 West Chester, Pennsylvania Maple Leafs
12 Kontos, KristoffKristoff Kontos C L 21 2014 Penetangore, Ontario Solar Bears
9 Lang, MickeyMickey Lang C R 28 2014 Reno, Nevada Marlies
29 Larson, NickNick Larson LW R 25 2014 Apple Valley, Minnesota Solar Bears
23 Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson C R 25 2014 Fergus, Ontario Marlies
18 Miller, GregGreg Miller C L 25 2014 Toronto, Ontario Solar Bears
21 Montgomery, BrockBrock Montgomery RW L 22 2014 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Solar Bears
25 Neilsen, CarlCarl Neilsen F R 26 2014 Lorain, Ohio Solar Bears
35 Patterson, KentKent Patterson G L 25 2014 Plymouth, Minnesota Solar Bears
8 Rosen, BenBen Rosen D/F L 26 2014 Syosset, New York Solar Bears
11 Ross, BradBrad Ross LW R 22 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta Maple Leafs
28 Rupert, RyanRyan Rupert C L 20 2014 Grand Bend, Ontario Maple Leafs
32 Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks G L 21 2013 Elmhurst, Illinois Maple Leafs
13 Tanski, ScottScott Tanski Injured Reserve F R 24 2012 Athabasca, Alberta Solar Bears
10 Ullrich, MikeMike Ullrich C L 28 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

References

  1. ^ Press release (November 16, 2011). "Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears".  
  2. ^ "Out of Hibernation and into the Wild". Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH". Orlando Solar Bears. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando". NHL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Orlando to host 2015 ECHL All-Star Game". WKMG TV. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  7. ^ "SOLAR BEARS ADD MICHAEL CATENACCI". Orlando Solar Bears. December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

External links

  • Orlando Solar Bears official website
  • ECHL press release announcing Orlando's membership
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