Defenseman Paul Baier Retires

Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced today that forward C.J. Severyn has returned to the team from the Utica Comets of the AHL and D Paul Baier announced his retirement.

Severyn played in two games with the Comets following a four game stint with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this season. He has played in 19 games C.J. Severyn with Orlando, picking up 17 points on six goals and 11 assists to go along with 66 PIM. The Beaver, PA, native last appeared for the Solar Bears on November 28 (Thanksgiving), picking up a goal and an assist to help Orlando to a 3-1 win over the Greenville Road Warriors.

Paul Baier announced his retirement today after five full seasons and 276 games of professional hockey in North America and Europe. Baier played in 200 games in the AHL with Hershey, Rochester, Binghamton, and Portland, scoring eight goals to go along with 27 assists for 25 points and 206 PIM. He played 12 games for the Solar Bears this season, scoring one goal and picking up 20 PIM. Baier was drafted in the third round, #95 overall, by the Los Angelos Kings in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

"Paul has had a tremendous career and we wish him the best of the luck in his future endeavors," said Head Coach Vince Williams. "He has been an outstanding professional with our team both on and off the ice and has set a good example for our players during his time here this season."

The Solar Bears return from a four game road trip to host the Gwinnett Gladiators tonight, Thursday, January 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 26, against the Florida Everblades at 3:00 p.m. Orlando will wear special pink jerseys for both games as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend, and on Sunday, the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative puck, courtesy of Florida Hospital.

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