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Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

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Orlando Solar Bears
2018–19 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 Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Syracuse Crunch (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 and are affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

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Contents

History

Orlando Pro Hockey Operations, L.P. and primary owners Joe Haleski, Bob Ohrablo, and Jason Siegel, obtained an expansion franchise in the ECHL in November 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 and the Jacksonville Icemen, they are one of three 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 posted 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]

In the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs, the Solar Bears swept the South Carolina Stingrays to win their first playoff series, before losing to the regular season champions, the Florida Everblades, in the division finals. After the season, the Solar Bears and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended their five season affiliation when Toronto affiliated with the expansion Newfoundland Growlers team.[10] The Solar Bears then affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a three-year agreement.[11]

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. 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
2017–18 72 33 30 6 3 75 212 228 3rd, South 5,461 2018 W, 4–0, SC L, 1–4, FLA

Current roster

Updated August 23, 2018.[12]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 United States Robbie Baillargeon C R 24 2018 Enfield, Connecticut Solar Bears
Canada Corbin Boes G L 25 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Solar Bears
3 Canada Etienne Boutet D L 26 2018 Saint-Rédempteur, Quebec Solar Bears
United States Jared Fiegl LW L 22 2018 Parker, Colorado Solar Bears
Canada Corey Kalk C R 24 2018 Thornhill, Ontario Solar Bears
Canada Ryan Lough LW L 25 2018 Manotick, Ontario Solar Bears
Canada Rob Mann D R 25 2018 Oshawa, Ontario Solar Bears
3 United States Mike Monfredo D R 28 2017 Shirley, New York Solar Bears
United States Trevor Olson RW R 24 2018 Duluth, Minnesota Solar Bears
19 Canada Kyle Rankin C L 25 2017 Kanata, Ontario Solar Bears
Canada Alexandre Ranger RW R 23 2018 LaSalle, Quebec Solar Bears
Canada Brady Shaw RW L 26 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Solar Bears
United States Tim Shoup D L 23 2018 Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania Solar Bears
United States Ryan Siiro F R 25 2018 Bloomington, Minnesota Solar Bears
18 Canada Tayler Thompson C R 25 2017 Bredenbury, Saskatchewan Solar Bears

References

  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. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013. 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.
  8. ^ "ANTHONY NOREEN NAMED SOLAR BEARS' HEAD COACH". ECHL. June 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Solar Bears Extend Affiliate Agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs". www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  10. ^ "Solar Bears to Seek NHL Affiliation for 2018-19 Season". OurSportsCentral.com. June 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "SOLAR BEARS BECOME ECHL AFFILIATE OF TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING". ECHL.com. August 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Orlando Solar Bears. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.

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