Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

Orlando Solar Bears
2018–19 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) 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.


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 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]

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]


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
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAStandingAvg. AttendanceYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2012–1372283734631972535th, South6,6682013Did not qualify
2013–1472432423912252192nd, South6,3552014L, 2–4, CIN
2014–1572372564842362154th, East6,2092015L, 2–4, FLA
2015–1672333045752242323rd, South6,2262016Did not qualify
2016–1772362673822602584th, South5,4982017L, 3–4, FLA
2017–1872333063752122283rd, South5,4612018W, 4–0, SCL, 1–4, FLA

Current roster

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


  1. 1 2 "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. 1 2 "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. "Solar Bears to Seek NHL Affiliation for 2018-19 Season". OurSportsCentral.com. June 14, 2018.
  12. "Orlando Solar Bears Roster". Orlando Solar Bears. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
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