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Solar Bears announce 2017-18 Season-Ending Roster

Monday, June 18th
Solar Bears announce 2017-18 Season-Ending Roster

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced their 2017-18 ECHL Season-Ending Roster this afternoon, comprised of 11 forwards and nine defensemen. Orlando’s Season-Ending Roster consists of four players who will have veteran status at the start of the 2018-19 season (260+ games of professional experience in qualifying leagues), and three rookies (any player with less than 25 games of professional hockey).

FORWARDS: Robbie Baillargeon, Mark Bennett, Chris Crane (V), Hunter Fejes, Stefan Fournier, Kale Kerbashian (V), Chris LeBlanc, Curtis Miske (R), Joe Perry, Kyle Rankin, Tayler Thompson

DEFENSEMEN: Tommy Davis (R), Keegan Harper (R), Sam Jardine, Rob Mann, Aleksandr Mikulovich, Mike Monfredo (V), Adam Phillips, Nolan Valleau, Sean Zimmerman (V)

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2017-18.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans. Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:

Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.

About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in four of six seasons. 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.

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

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