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Solar Bears add NCAA champion Coltyn Sanderson

Thursday, September 1st
Solar Bears add NCAA champion Coltyn Sanderson

Son of former Orlando Seals player set to begin pro career

Photo credit: Tyler Ingham/UND Athletics

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, have announced that the club has agreed to terms with rookie forward Coltyn Sanderson for the 2016-17 season.

Sanderson, 25, is set to begin his professional career after enjoying a breakout year in his final season with the University of North Dakota in 2015-16, recording 12 points (7g-5a) and eight penalty minutes in 35 games, while helping the Fighting Hawks program capture the 2016 NCAA championship in Tampa.

“Coltyn Sanderson emerged as a key contributor for his college team last season, and his hard work paid off with a championship,” Solar Bears head coach Anthony Noreen said. “We anticipate him being a solid two-way player with an elite work ethic that we can use in any situation.”

In 44 career collegiate games, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward logged 14 points (7g-7a) and 10 penalty minutes.

“I’m thrilled to join the Solar Bears for my rookie season,” Sanderson said. “The combination of the personnel in the organization and the tremendous community support has me extremely excited to get to Orlando and get the season started.”

The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is no stranger to the City Beautiful, as his father Mike Sanderson concluded a 13-year pro hockey career with the Orlando Seals of the ACHL and WHA2 in the early 2000s.

Fans can keep track of all Solar Bears offseason player movement by visiting the 2016 Offseason Headquarters.

The Solar Bears drop the puck on their fifth season of ECHL hockey on Saturday, Oct. 22 against the Florida Everblades at the Amway Center. On-sale dates for the purchase of single-game tickets will be announced later this summer. Full and half-season ticket plans are now available by visiting OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

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 Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

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

Season tickets, Corporate Flex vouchers, and Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on all of the Solar Bears ticket packages, 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://store.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/.

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