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Solar Bears acquire Justin Buzzeo from Gladiators

Tuesday, March 7th
Solar Bears acquire Justin Buzzeo from Gladiators

All-Star forward had been leading Atlanta in scoring

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has acquired forward Justin Buzzeo from the Atlanta Gladiators in exchange for rookie forward Alex Gacek and a future consideration.

Buzzeo, 27, is in the midst of a career year, as he had been leading the Gladiators in scoring with 56 points (17g-39a) and 25 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. He was also named the CCM ECHL Player of the Month for November, after recording 21 points (7g-14a) in 14 games.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward has skated his entire pro career for the Gladiators, accumulating 87 points (29g-58a) in 125 games.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Windsor, Ontario played college hockey at Ferris State University from 2011-15. In 122 career games for the Bulldogs, Buzzeo tallied 68 points (29g-39a) and 77 penalty minutes.

Gacek, 23, had posted 29 points (14g-15a) and eight penalty minutes in 26 games for Orlando after he was acquired from the South Carolina Stingrays on Dec. 29. He has 41 points (22g-19a) and 12 penalty minutes in 45 games this season.

The Orlando Solar Bears continue their fifth season of ECHL hockey when they host the Utah Grizzlies at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Friday’s game is also Star Wars Night. Throughout the game, fans will be able to enjoy character appearances from members of the Florida Garrison – 501st Legion and other fan groups, movie clips, music, trivia games and more!

Fans can purchase lower bowl tickets for this game for as little as $16 when they visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/starwars. A portion of the ticket proceeds sold through this link will be donated to the Children’s Home Society of Central Florida.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com. Full and half-season ticket plans are now available by visiting OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

The Solar Bears mobile app, presented by BB&T, gives Solar Bears fans everything they need right in their pocket. The app is also home to the brand-new Loyalty & Rewards Program, which provides Solar Bears fans with opportunities to accumulate points and redeem them for exclusive prizes. The app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.

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.

Follow the Solar Bears at 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 orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

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

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