Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

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Orlando Solar Bears
2014–15 ECHL season
Orlando Solar Bears logo.svg
City Orlando, Florida
League ECHL
Conference Eastern Conference
Division South Division
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.
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Franchise history
2012–present Orlando Solar Bears

The Orlando Solar Bears are a professional ice hockey team in Orlando, Florida. They are a member of the ECHL. They play home games at the Amway Center.

History[edit]

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.

The Solar Bears will host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center on January 21, 2015.[4]

Media[edit]

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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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[edit]

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

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 30, 2014.[5][6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Baier, EricEric Baier D R 26 2013 North Kingstown, Rhode Island Solar Bears
35 United States Reichard, CodyCody Reichard G R 27 2014 Celina, Ohio Solar Bears
24 United States Barnett, JTJT Barnett LW L 21 2014 Scottsdale, Arizona Solar Bears
25 Canada Catenacci, MichaelMichael Catenacci C L 23 2013 Woodbridge, Ontario Solar Bears
17 United States Cepis, JacobJacob Cepis F L 26 2013 Parma, Ohio Solar Bears
30 Canada Clermont, MaximeMaxime Clermont G L 22 2011 Montreal, Quebec New Jersey Devils
18 Canada Abney, CameronCameron Abney C R 23 2014 Aldergrove, British Columbia Toronto Marlies
16 Canada Nagy, KoryKory Nagy LW R 24 2013 Walsingham, Ontario Solar Bears
3 United States Fienhage, CoreyCorey Fienhage D R 24 2013 Apple Valley, Minnesota Solar Bears
21 United States Goggin, ConnorConnor Goggin D R 25 2013 Glen Ellyn, Illinois Solar Bears
22 United States Harrison, ZacharyZachary Harrison F R 26 2013 Flint, Michigan Solar Bears
10 United States Matson, TaylorTaylor Matson LW R 25 2013 Mound, Minnesota Minnesota Wild
11 United States Murovich, TylerTyler Murovich C L 24 2013 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Solar Bears
9 United States Lang, MickeyMickey Lang RW R 27 2013 Reno, Nevada Solar Bears
8 United States Severyn, C.J.C.J. Severyn C L 25 2012 Beaver, Pennsylvania Solar Bears
14 United States Slater, IanIan Slater RW R 26 2013 Satellite Beach, Florida Solar Bears
26 Canada Duco, MikeMike Duco F R 27 2013 Toronto, Ontario Solar Bears
13 Canada Tanski, ScottScott Tanski F R 24 2012 Athabasca, Alberta Solar Bears
12 Canada Ullrich, MikeMike Ullrich C L 27 2013 Banff, Alberta Solar Bears
23 United States Hauswirth, JakeJake Hauswirth LW L 26 2014 Houghton, Michigan Solar Bears
6 United States Wild, CodyCody Wild D L 27 2013 Limestone, Maine Solar Bears
2 Canada Jobke, ColtonColton Jobke D L 22 2013 Tsawwassen, British Columbia Solar Bears
19 Canada Yuen, ZacharyZachary Yuen D R 21 2013 Vancouver, British Columbia Toronto Marlies
5 Canada MacLeod, WadeWade MacLeod F L 27 2013 Coquitlam, British Columbia Toronto Marlies


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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press release (November 16, 2011). "Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears". ECHL. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  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. ^ "Orlando to host 2015 ECHL All-Star Game". WKMG TV. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  6. ^ "SOLAR BEARS ADD MICHAEL CATENACCI". Orlando Solar Bears. December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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