Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

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Orlando Solar Bears
2016–17 ECHL season
Orlando Solar Bears logo.svg
City Orlando, Florida
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division South
Founded 2012
Home arena Amway Center
Colors Solar purple, seafoam green, sunset orange, sunrise gold, white
Owner(s) RDV Sports, Inc.[1]
Head coach Drake Berehowsky
Media Orlando Sentinel , WJRR, 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 that plays their home games at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. They play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference.


Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P. and primary owners Joe Haleski, Bob Ohrablo, and Jason Siegel, obtained an expansion franchise in the ECHL in Novemember 2011.[2] The team revived the name of the original Orlando Solar Bears, who played in the International Hockey League from 1995 to 2001.[3] 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).

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

For their first season in 2012–13, the team became affiliated with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL and the Houston Aeros of the AHL.[4] They hired former NHL player Drake Berehowsky as the team's first head coach.[5] During their inaugural season, the Solar Bears post a 20–11–1–4 record on home ice, however, the team struggled on the road and missed the playoffs with a 28–27–7 overall record.[6]

The Solar Bears then named Vince Williams, a former Solar Bears defenseman, as head coach for the 2013–14 season. They also added an affiliation with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL while also keeping the Wild as an affiliate. The Leafs extended their affiliation with the Solar Bears for an additional two years in 2014 and the Leafs became the Solar Bears' sole NHL affiliate.[7]

The Solar Bears hosted the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center on January 21, 2015.

For the 2015–16 season, Anthony Noreen became the head coach of the Solar Bears after guiding the United States Hockey League's Youngstown Phantoms to the league championship and being named USHL Coach of the Year.[8] The Solar Bears also renewed their affiliation with the Maple Leafs and Marlies.[9] The Solar Bears missed the 2016 playoffs and then started the 2016–17 season with a 5-5-1-0 record. On November 14, 2016, head coach Anthony Noreen was replaced by former Solar Bears' head coach Drake Berehowsky.[6]

In May 2017, the DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, agreed to purchase the Solar Bears when the Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P. ownership group informed them that they could no longer sustain the team. The DeVos family were the owners of the IHL Solar Bears from 1995 through 2001.[1]


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

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

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Avg. Attendance Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2012–13 72 28 37 3 4 63 197 253 5th, South 6,668 2013 Did not qualify
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 Did not qualify
2016–17 72 36 26 7 3 82 260 258 4th, South 5,498 2017 L, 3–4, FLA

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 8, 2017.[10]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
21 United States Angeli, DarikDarik Angeli C R 26 2017 Lakewood, Colorado Solar Bears
7 United States Baier, EricEric Baier (C) D R 29 2013 North Kingstown, Rhode Island Solar Bears
3 United States Block, AustinAustin Block C R 27 2015 Denver, Colorado Solar Bears
23 United States Bradley, ChrisChris Bradley D L 24 2016 Williamsville, New York Solar Bears
20 Slovakia Bubela, MilosMilos Bubela LW R 24 2017 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia Solar Bears
10 Canada Buzzeo, JustinJustin Buzzeo LW L 27 2017 Windsor, Ontario Solar Bears
96 Canada Conacher, ShaneShane Conacher RW R 23 2017 Burlington, Ontario Marlies
45 United States Cameranesi, TonyTony Cameranesi F R 23 2016 Plymouth, Minnesota Marlies
28 United States Crane, ChrisChris Crane RW R 25 2016 West Chester Township, Ohio Solar Bears
16 United States Danford, BenBen Danford D R 28 2016 Stillwater, Minnesota Solar Bears
27 Canada Faille, ÉricÉric Faille RW R 27 2015 Lachine, Quebec Marlies
10 Canada Jutzi, JonJon Jutzi D L 26 2016 Tavistock, Ontario Marlies
1 Finland Kaskisuo, KasimirKasimir Kaskisuo G L 23 2016 Vantaa, Finland Maple Leafs
17 United States Ludwig, TrevorTrevor Ludwig (A) D L 31 2016 Colleyville, Texas Solar Bears
18 Canada Maggio, DanielDaniel Maggio D/W R 26 2016 Windsor, Ontario Marlies
14 Canada Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson (A) C R 28 2014 Fergus, Ontario Solar Bears
31 United States Massa, RyanRyan Massa G L 26 2015 Littleton, Colorado Solar Bears
26 Canada Perry, JoeJoe Perry RW R 27 2016 Nanaimo, British Columbia Solar Bears
2 United States Shapiro, KyleKyle Shapiro D R 27 2017 Ambler, Pennsylvania Solar Bears
29 Canada Stanton, TyTy Stanton D L 21 2016 St. Albert, Alberta Marlies
47 Canada Watling, PatrickPatrick Watling C L 23 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Solar Bears
74 Canada Witala, ChaseChase Witala LW L 21 2016 Prince George, British Columbia Marlies


  1. ^ a b "Magic, DeVos family will buy Orlando Solar Bears". Orlando Sentinel. May 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Expansion Membership Approved for Orlando". Orlando Solar Bears. November 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Press release (November 16, 2011). "Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears". ECHL. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Out of Hibernation and into the Wild". Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH". Orlando Solar Bears. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Berehowsky leaves Wolves for top job in Orlando". Sudbury Star. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando". NHL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Solar Bears Extend Affiliate Agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs". www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Orlando Solar Bears. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 

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