- Alzheimer’s Awareness Night – The Solar Bears will host the team’s first-ever Alzheimer’s Awareness Night, presented by Bioclinica Research and sponsored by Brown Builders Supply. During the game, the team will wear specialty jerseys which will be auctioned off following the game. A portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction and the Pizza Hut Chuck-A-Puck intermission contest will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center and further research of Alzheimer’s disease. Fans can purchase discounted tickets for Saturday’s game by visiting orlandosolarbearshockey.com/alz. $5 of every ticket sold through this link will go towards the Alzheimer’s Association.
TONIGHT: The Orlando Solar Bears (9-7-2-0) open up a two-game weekend set with the Norfolk Admirals (11-7-0-1). Since Norfolk re-joined the ECHL in the 2015-16 season, Orlando has posted a 6-2-0-2 record on home ice against the Admirals.
LEBLANC PICKING UP POINTS: Second-year forward Chris LeBlanc has posted seven points (3g-4a) over his last seven games. LeBlanc most recently netted two goals, including the game-winner, in Orlando’s 6-5 overtime victory last Saturday vs. Newfoundland. LeBlanc posted four points (2g-2a) in seven games against Norfolk last season.
WAR OF ATTRITION: Both the Solar Bears and Admirals hold identical 7-0-0-0 records when leading after two periods this season. Scoring first will also be critical to success for Orlando, as Norfolk leads the Eastern Conference with 13 first goals.
SCHMALZ TO MAKE DEBUT: Forward Matt Schmalz is expected to make his Solar Bears debut tonight after being acquired earlier this week in a trade with the Wichita Thunder. Schmalz will play on a line with Brent Pedersen and Mitch Hults, fresh off his reassignment from the Syracuse Crunch by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears host the Admirals again on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. Sunday’s game is a FAIRWINDS Solar Bears Sunday – The first 100 FAIRWINDS members who show their FAIRWINDS debit or credit card and photo ID at the box office will receive a free pair of tickets to Saturday’s game. Once the first 100 pairs are claimed, FAIRWINDS members can still take advantage of a buy-one-get-one offer for Sunday’s game. For more information, visit fairwinds.org/solarbears. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
2018-19 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:
The Orlando Solar Bears are proud to have local digital printing experts XYMOPrint as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2019 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 30% off their first order of 500 business cards.
2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:
Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. 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.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.