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Kessel, Manderson, McMillan assigned to Orlando

Friday, January 2nd
Kessel, Manderson, McMillan assigned to Orlando

Finn, Watling recalled to Marlies

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Toronto Marlies, announced today that defenseman Blake Kessel and forwards Denver Manderson and Carson McMillan have been assigned to the Solar Bears from the Marlies, and defenseman Matt Finn and forward Patrick  Watling have been recalled to the Marlies.

Kessel has appeared in 25 games with the Solar Bears this season, scoring three goals and adding nine assists for 12 points. He played in two games with Toronto since being recalled on December 27, notching one assist. In his ECHL career, the Madison, WI, native has appeared in 124 games with Orlando, Bakersfield, and Trenton, collecting 88 points on 19 goals and 69 assists.

Manderson returns to the Solar Bears after recording a 12 game point streak from November 11 through December 4, posting seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points over that span. He is fourth on the Orlando Solar Bears in scoring this season with 26 points, and his nine goals places him second on the club. He has skated in five games for the Marlies this season, picking up one assist. In 103 ECHL games with Orlando and Wheeling, Manderson has 38 goals and 57 assists for 95 points.McMillan has played six games for the Solar Bears this season (his first in the ECHL), scoring two goals to go along with four assists for six points. Since being recalled to the Marlies in mid-November, he has posted one assist in 13 games. McMillan has 16 games of NHL experience with the Minnesota Wild, tallying two goals and three assists for five points. He has played in 330 games with Iowa and Houston during his AHL career, notching 89 points on 41 goals and 48 assists.

To purchase tickets for the All-Star Classic please CLICK HERE. To purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame Luncheon or the Madeline Smith Concert please  contact the Orlando Solar Bears at 407-951-8200.

Full and Half Season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 All-Star Season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com for more information.

Orlando Solar Bears Single Game Tickets for the regular season are on sale now! Click here to purchase tickets.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's 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.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter(@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by following ShadestheSolarBear.

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 or visit www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at:  http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/

Since beginning operations in November of 2011, the Solar Bears and their fans have helped raise over $900,000 for the Central Florida community. To read the Solar Bears Report to the Community, click here.

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