Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

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Orlando Solar Bears
2015–16 ECHL season
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,
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

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]

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.[6]

Media

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

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Avg. Attendence 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

Current roster

Updated January 5, 2016.[7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Baier, EricEric Baier (A) D R 33 2013 North Kingstown, Rhode Island Solar Bears
26 Canada Bell, ZachZach Bell D R 28 2015 St. John's, Newfoundland Marlies
5 Canada Bradford, ErikErik Bradford C L 27 2015 Orangeville, Ontario Marlies
32 Canada Clapperton, ChristopherChristopher Clapperton LW L 27 2015 Chandler, Quebec Marlies
27 Canada Faille, ÉricÉric Faille RW R 32 2015 Lachine, Quebec Marlies
9 Canada Findlay, BrettBrett Findlay LW L 29 2014 Echo Bay, Ontario Marlies
17 Canada Foster, T.J.T.J. Foster C L 29 2015 Slave Lake, Alberta Marlies
23 United States Harvey, MylesMyles Harvey D L 33 2015 Montreal, Quebec Solar Bears
25 Canada Louis, MarkMark Louis D R 34 2015 Ponoka, Alberta Solar Bears
29 United States Madore, RobRob Madore G L 33 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Marlies
23 Canada Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson C R 32 2014 Fergus, Ontario Solar Bears
31 United States Massa, RyanRyan Massa G L 31 2015 Littleton, Colorado Solar Bears
6 Canada McAvoy, SpencerSpencer McAvoy D R 33 2015 St. Albert, Alberta Solar Bears
21 United States McInnis, JohnnyJohnny McInnis (A) RW L 32 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Solar Bears
4 Canada Miller, BrendenBrenden Miller D L 27 2015 Orangeville, Ontario Marlies
3 United States Neilsen, CarlCarl Neilsen D R 33 2014 Lorain, Ohio Solar Bears
8 United States Reid, AdamAdam Reid LW L 28 2015 Chino Hills, California Solar Bears
12 United States Richard, BradBrad Richard D R 32 2015 New Bedford, Massachusetts Solar Bears
24 Canada Rodewald, JackJack Rodewald RW R 27 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba Marlies
2 Canada Rowley, JordanJordan Rowley D L 31 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Solar Bears
20 Canada Rupert, MattMatt Rupert LW L 27 2015 London, Ontario Marlies
19 Canada Sparks, LindsayLindsay Sparks F L 31 2015 Oakville, Ontario Solar Bears
22 United States Vail, BradyBrady Vail C L 27 2014 Palm City, Florida Marlies
28 Canada Watling, PatrickPatrick Watling C L 28 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Marlies
Staff
Title Staff Member
Head Coach Anthony Noreen
Assistant Coach John Snowden
Athletic Trainer John Finley
Equipment Manager Adam Dexter

References

  1. Press release (November 16, 2011). "Orlando welcomes back the Solar Bears". ECHL. Retrieved November 16, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Out of Hibernation and into the Wild". Press Release. Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved May 15, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "SOLAR BEARS NAME NHL/AHL VETERAN DRAKE BEREHOWSKY AS HEAD COACH". Orlando Solar Bears. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Maple Leafs renew ECHL affiliation with Orlando". NHL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "ANTHONY NOREEN NAMED SOLAR BEARS' HEAD COACH". ECHL. June 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Solar Bears Extend Affiliate Agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs". www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Retrieved April 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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