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Solar Bears agree to terms with forward Ryan Cruthers

Tuesday, July 17th
Solar Bears agree to terms with forward Ryan Cruthers

Becomes the first player to join the Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Cruthers. He becomes the first player to join the Solar Bears.

"It's an honor to join the Solar Bears and I can't wait to get on the ice in Orlando," said Cruthers.

A native of Farmingdale, NY, Cruthers (6'0'', 194lbs) spent last season in the ECHL with the Reading Royals and the Alaska Aces. In 48 games with the Royals, Cruthers scored 11 goals, had 28 assists, and recorded 77 penalty minutes. He joined the Aces late in the season and tallied six points and 29 penalty minutes in ten playoff games.

Over a five year span Cruthers registered 86 goals and 152 assists for 238 points in 239 ECHL games. In 2009-10, he led the Royals with 24 points in 16 playoff games. He is the Royals all-time leading scorer and also holds their team record for the fastest goal ever scored; scoring eight seconds into the period.

Cruthers has played professionally in the ECHL, American Hockey League, and Central Hockey League. He played four years of collegiate hockey for Army (2003-05) and Robert Morris University (2006-08). In 2008, Cruthers was named College Hockey America's Player of the Year.

"Ryan is an experienced player who will provide the Solar Bears with leadership on and off the ice," said Solar Bears Head Coach Drake Berehowsky.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are coming Out of Hibernation and will play 36 regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center, beginning October 20, 2012.

Season ticket plans are available now. Everyone is invited to take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority. Full and half season ticket plans range in price from $225-$1480 per season ticket (includes facility fee), reflecting a savings of up to 42% off box office pricing. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or fill the form out to the right.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200.

Orlando Solar Bears merchandise can be purchased online at: http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/ 

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