Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

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Orlando Solar Bears
2015–16 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) Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P.
Head coach Anthony Noreen
Media Orlando Sentinel , WJRR, ECHL.TV, Never Stop Beleafing
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.

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.

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 Houston Aeros 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 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 hosted the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center on January 21, 2015.

On June 30, 2015, Anthony Noreen was announced as the new head coach of the Solar Bears for the 2015–16 season after guiding the United States Hockey League's Youngstown Phantoms to the league championship and being named USHL Coach of the Year.[5]

Media[edit]

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 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
2014–15 72 37 25 6 4 84 236 215 4th, East 6,209

Playoffs[edit]

Season Opening Round Semi-Finals Finals Avg. Attendance
2012–13 Out of playoffs
2013–14 L, 4-2, Cincinnati - - 4,920
2014–15 L, 4-2, Florida - - 5,747

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 29, 2015.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Baier, EricEric Baier D R 27 2013 North Kingstown, Rhode Island Solar Bears
Canada Basaraba, JoeJoe Basaraba RW R 23 2015 Fort Frances, Ontario Solar Bears
United States Currier, TylerTyler Currier F R 27 2015 Anchorage, Alaska Solar Bears
United States Harvey, MylesMyles Harvey D L 27 2015 Montreal, Quebec Solar Bears
United States Hatch, MattMatt Hatch W L 25 2015 Massena, New York Solar Bears
Sweden Karlsson, LudwigLudwig Karlsson W L 24 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Solar Bears
27 United States Keenan, MikeMike Keenan D L 26 2014 Weymouth, Massachusetts Albany
9 United States Lang, MickeyMickey Lang C R 29 2014 Reno, Nevada Marlies
23 Canada Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson (A) C R 26 2014 Fergus, Ontario Marlies
6 Canada McAvoy, SpencerSpencer McAvoy D R 27 2015 St. Albert, Alberta Solar Bears
14 United States McInnis, JohnnyJohnny McInnis RW L 26 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Solar Bears
25 United States Neilsen, CarlCarl Neilsen D R 27 2014 Lorain, Ohio Solar Bears
0 United States Parenteau, JakeJake Parenteau D L 26 2014 Shafer, Minnesota Solar Bears
United States Reid, AdamAdam Reid LW L 22 2015 Chino Hills, California Solar Bears
8 United States Rosen, BenBen Rosen D/F L 26 2014 Syosset, New York Solar Bears
United States Snydeman, TorinTorin Snydeman F R 25 2015 Groton, Massachusetts Solar Bears
Canada Sparks, LindsayLindsay Sparks F L 25 2015 Oakville, Ontario Solar Bears
13 Canada Tanski, ScottScott Tanski F R 25 2012 Athabasca, Alberta Solar Bears
Canada Traccitto, ReggieReggie Traccitto D R 26 2015 Oakville, Ontario Solar Bears
United States Wamsganz, ScottScott Wamsganz LW L 23 2015 Anchorage, Alaska Solar Bears
Staff
Title Staff Member
Head Coach Anthony Noreen
Asst. Coach Danny Brooks
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. ^ "NTHONY NOREEN NAMED SOLAR BEARS' HEAD COACH". ECHL. June 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "SOLAR BEARS ADD MICHAEL CATENACCI". Orlando Solar Bears. December 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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