ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced a pair of trades: Orlando has acquired veteran forward Chris Francis from the Quad City Mallards to complete the future considerations portion of the Sept. 21 transaction that sent Tristan King to Quad City; the Solar Bears have subsequently dealt Francis along with rookie forward Michael Turner and a future consideration to the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for forward Hunter Fejes.
Fejes (FEE-jihs), 23, has already produced 27 points (16g-11a) and 38 penalty minutes in 32 games with Wheeling this season. His 16 goals led Wheeling and is currently tied for the third-highest goal total in the ECHL.
The second-year pro has skated in 80 career ECHL games with Wheeling and the Rapid City Rush, totaling 65 points (34g-31a) and 58 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Fejes has also appeared in 29 American Hockey League games with the Springfield Falcons and Tucson Roadrunners, tallying five points (1g-4a) and 23 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, the Anchorage, Alaska native played four seasons of collegiate hockey with Colorado College, recording 56 points (26g-30a) and 95 penalty minutes in 138 games for the Tigers program.
Fejes was a sixth-round selection (#178 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Solar Bears visit the Florida Everblades tomorrow, Jan. 3, in a Wawa Sunshine Cup Series game at Germain Arena at 7:30 p.m. Orlando returns home to host the Jacksonville Icemen at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. 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.
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