Sean Zimmerman named Solar Bears captain for 2017-18

Darryl Bootland, Joe Perry and Nolan Valleau to serve as alternate captains

The Orlando Solar Bears have named veteran defenseman Sean Zimmerman as the team captain for the 2017-18 season.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that veteran defenseman Sean Zimmerman has been named the team’s captain for the 2017-18 season ahead of tonight’s road game in Greenville. Veteran forward Darryl Bootland, forward Joe Perry and defenseman Nolan Valleau will serve as alternate captains on a rotating basis.

“When we signed Sean this summer, we knew we were getting not just an exceptional shut-down defenseman, but an exceptional person as well,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “He’s a player who leads by example for us on and off the ice, and he is without question the perfect choice to serve as our captain this season.”

Zimmerman, 30, captained the Colorado Eagles to the Kelly Cup last season before signing with Orlando this summer, and has recorded 90 points (11g-79a) and 979 penalty minutes in 629 career professional games. He had missed the first 18 games of the season for Orlando due to offseason surgery.

“Being named captain is a huge honor for me, and it’s something that I take very seriously and with a tremendous sense of pride,” Zimmerman said. “Missing the first few months of the season hasn’t changed anything – I came here to win a championship, and that remains my primary focus while leading this team.”

Zimmerman and Bootland will both make their season debuts for Orlando tonight when the Solar Bears continue their season-high 10-game road trip against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:30 p.m. at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Orlando returns to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the team hosts the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

Orlando Solar Bears captains by season:
2012-13: Ryan Cruthers
2013-14: Eric Baier
2014-15: Stefan Della Rovere
2015-16: Eric Baier and Carl Nielsen
2016-17: Eric Baier
2017-18: Sean Zimmerman

About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

Full Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017-18 season are on sale now. Purchase an Orlando Solar Bears Full Season Ticket Membership for as little as $440 today! Click here or call (407) 951-8200 for more information.

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