Alex Gudbranson, Jean Dupuy and Max Novak assigned to Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that defenseman Alex Gudbranson and forwards Jean Dupuy and Max Novak have been assigned to the Solar Bears by the Toronto Marlies, Orlando’s American Hockey League affiliate.
Gudbranson, 23, is in his fourth season of professional hockey after splitting last season with the Quad City Mallards and the Marlies. In 167 games with Toronto, Quad City and the Iowa Wild, Gudbranson has collected 41 points (10g-31a) and 123 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, the Orleans, Ontario native played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, registering 52 points (15g-37a) and 227 penalty minutes in 243 games. He is also the younger brother of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Dupuy, 23, enters his third season of professional hockey after spending the last two campaigns with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, where he put up 33 points (11g-22a) and 109 penalty minutes in 120 matches. The Orleans, Ontario native also played his major junior hockey with Kingston and Sault Ste. Marie, where he was a teammate of Gudbranson, and totaled 79 points (35g-44a) and 202 penalty minutes in 194 games.
Novak, 26, is in his third full season of professional hockey, after spending the previous two campaigns with the AHL’s Albany Devils. In 110 career games, he has 29 points (10g-19a) and 33 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, the Oak Ridge, N.J. native played collegiate hockey for Union College, where he totaled 96 points (43g-53a) and 50 penalty minutes and helped the Dutchmen capture the 2013-14 NCAA Frozen Four title.
Additionally, Orlando has waived forward Jeremy Olinyk and released forward Brandon Platt from his try-out agreement.
Orlando’s training camp roster now consists of 16 players who have agreed to terms on an ECHL contract, seven on assignment from the Marlies and one attending on a try-out basis.
2017 Orlando Solar Bears Training Camp Roster:
FORWARDS: Darryl Bootland, Chris Crane, Troy Crema, Jean Dupuy (TOA), Kenton Helgesen, Chris LeBlanc, Max Novak (TOA), Joe Perry, J.J. Piccinich (TOA), Kristian Pospisil (TOA), Kyle Rankin, Todd Skirving, Michael Turner, Mike Vaskivuo
DEFENSEMEN: MacKenzie Braid, Matias Cleland (TOA), Alex Gudbranson (TOA), Jeff King (TOA), Mike Monfredo, Adam Phillips, Nolan Valleau, Sean Zimmerman
GOALTENDERS: Matt Hackett, Jesse Jenks (T)
(T = Tryout Agreement)
(TOA = AHL contract assigned by Toronto Marlies)
Fans and media are invited to attend all on-ice practice sessions at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, which are open to the public. Flash photography and unauthorized video recording of Orlando Solar Bears practice sessions is not permitted. The RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is located at 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, FL 32810.
2017-18 Orlando Solar Bears Training Camp Schedule (all dates/times subject to change):
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Practice (9:45-10:45 a.m.)
Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Practice (9:45-10:45 a.m)
Thursday, Oct. 12 – Practice (9:45-10:45 a.m.)
Members of the media who wish to arrange interviews with Solar Bears players, coaches and team personnel should contact Solar Bears director of communications & broadcasting Jesse Liebman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orlando Solar Bears drop the puck on their 2017-18 home schedule on Saturday, Oct. 28 against the Atlanta Gladiators at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m.
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games 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.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.