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

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 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. 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[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 August 19, 2014.[6][7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 United States Aneloski, BryceBryce Aneloski D R 24 2013 Pekin, Illinois Solar Bears
Canada Bergin, MikeMike Bergin D L 26 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Solar Bears
17 United States Cepis, JacobJacob Cepis F L 26 2013 Parma, Ohio Solar Bears
Canada Fournier, GleasonGleason Fournier D L 22 2014 Saint-Fabien, Quebec Solar Bears
Canada Gallant, AlexAlex Gallant C L 21 2014 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Solar Bears
Canada Good, BradBrad Good D R 28 2014 Kitchener, Ontario Solar Bears
Canada Gilbert, DavidDavid Gilbert F L 23 2014 Chateauguay, Quebec Solar Bears
United States Keenan, MikeMike Keenan D L 25 2014 Weymouth, Massachusetts Solar Bears
United States Larson, NickNick Larson LW R 24 2014 Apple Valley, Minnesota Solar Bears
Canada Montgomery, BrockBrock Montgomery RW L 22 2014 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Solar Bears
United States Neilsen, CarlCarl Neilsen F R 26 2014 Lorain, Ohio Solar Bears
United States Patterson, KentKent Patterson G L 24 2014 Plymouth, Minnesota Solar Bears
United States Rosen, BenBen Rosen D/F L 25 2014 Syosset, New York Solar Bears
United States Schultz, StephenStephen Schultz RW R 26 2014 Westbury, New York Solar Bears
Canada Sefton, JustinJustin Sefton D R 21 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario Solar Bears
Canada Shutron, BenBen Shutron D R 26 2014 Orleans, Ontario Solar Bears
14 United States Slater, IanIan Slater RW R 26 2013 Satellite Beach, Florida 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
Canada Wudrick, GeordieGeordie Wudrick LW L 24 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Solar Bears


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. ^ "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 2014-02-25. 
  7. ^ "SOLAR BEARS ADD MICHAEL CATENACCI". Orlando Solar Bears. December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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