Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
|Orlando Solar Bears|
|2016–17 ECHL season|
|Home arena||Amway Center|
|Colors||Solar purple, seafoam green, sunset orange, sunrise gold, white
|Owner(s)||Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P.|
|Head coach||Drake Berehowsky|
|Media||Orlando Sentinel , WJRR, ECHL.TV,|
|Affiliates||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
|2012–present||Orlando Solar Bears|
The team revived the name of the original Orlando Solar Bears, who played in the International Hockey League from 1995 to 2001. 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 June 19, 2012, the Solar Bears announced that former NHL player Drake Berehowsky would serve as the team's first head coach. 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.
On June 19, 2013, the Solar Bears announced that Vince Williams would 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.
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.
On May 5, 2016 the Solar Bears announced they have renewed their affiliation with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. 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.
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||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||Out of playoffs|
|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||Out of playoffs|
- Press release (November 16, 2011). "Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears". ECHL. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "Out of Hibernation and into the Wild". Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- "SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH". Orlando Solar Bears. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Berehowsky leaves Wolves for top job in Orlando". Sudbury Star. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
- "Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando". NHL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
- "ANTHONY NOREEN NAMED SOLAR BEARS' HEAD COACH". ECHL. June 30, 2015.
- "Solar Bears Extend Affiliate Agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs". www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Orlando Solar Bears. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.