SOLAR BEARS ADD TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AS AFFILIATE
Organization Joins Minnesota and Iowa
Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that
they have added the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto
Marlies (AHL) as NHL and AHL affiliates. The Solar Bears will
enter the 2013-14 season with dual affiliates. Toronto will
join the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild in supplying prospects to
the Solar Bears roster.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Solar
Bears," said Leafs Vice President and Assistant General Manager
Claude Loiselle. "As an organization, we are confident that
our Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will accelerate their
professional development in Orlando."
"I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the Toronto
Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies in developing their players and
prospects in a great hockey environment here in Orlando," said
Head Coach Vince Williams.
Toronto's roster last season featured four players that spent
time in the ECHL. Starting goaltender James Reimer played for
both the Reading Royals and South Carolina Stingrays in
2008-09, capturing the Kelly Cup with the Stingrays, and
being named the ECHL Playoff MVP. Goaltender Ben Scrivens
played in 13 games for the Royals in 2010-11 and was selected
to play in the ECHL All-Star Game that season. Center David
Steckel had nine points in nine games with the Royals in
2004-05, and goaltending prospect Jussi Rynnas played half of
the 2011-12 season with Reading.
Five ECHL teams were affiliated with two NHL organizations last
season. Those teams include the Cincinnati Cyclones (Florida
Panthers and Nashville Predators), Evansville IceMen (Columbus
Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues), Florida Everblades (Carolina
Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning), Toledo Walleye (Chicago
Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings), and Wheeling Nailers
(Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins).
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the oldest and most-storied
NHL franchises, and are one of the "Original Six" teams to play
in the NHL. They will celebrate their 100th anniversary in the
NHL in the near future (established in 1917) and have captured
the Stanley Cup an impressive 13 times, second most to only the
Montreal Canadiens. Last season, the Leafs finished fifth in
the Eastern Conference and pushed the eventual Eastern
Conference champion Boston Bruins to seven games in the first
round. Toronto boasts 39 players who have been inducted into
the NHL Hall of Fame, including Darryl Sittler, Tim Horton,
Johnny Bower, and Mats Sundin.
Maple Leafs Team Management/Profiles:
Dave Nonis began his tenure with the Maple
Leafs as Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey
Operations in 2008 and became the team's General Manager in
January of 2013. Previously, Nonis served as the General
Manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 2004-2008.
Dave Poulin is the Vice President of Hockey
Operations for the Maple Leafs and General Manager of the
Toronto Marlies. Poulin played 13 seasons in the NHL from 1982
until 1995 with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and
Washington Capitals. Poulin scored 205 goals and added on 325
assists for 530 points in 724 career games. After his playing
career, Poulin spent 10 years as the Head Coach of the Notre
Dame Fighting Irish and was inducted into the Philadelphia
Flyers Hall of Fame in 2005.
Claude Loiselle is the Vice President and
Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played
13 seasons in the NHL from 1981 to 1994. He scored 209 points
on 92 goals and 117 assists along with 1,149 PIM in 616 games
with Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders,
Quebec Nordiques, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to accepting a
position with the Maple Leafs, Loiselle spent seven years as
the Associate Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL.
Jim Hughes is the Director of Player
Development for Toronto. He played four years of college hockey
with Providence College, winning the ECAC Championship in
1994-95, and was an assistant coach for the Solar Bears from
1999-2001, helping Orlando collect the 2000-01 Turner Cup
Championship. Hughes was an assistant coach for the Boston
Bruins from 2001-2003 and then the Manchester Monarchs from
2003-05 and took over as the Head Coach of the team in 2005-06.
Hughes then spent two years as an assistant coach for the
Toronto Marlies (2006-08) before joining the Maple Leafs.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's
Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Iowa Wild and
Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012
Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of
the Year, the Amway Center.
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