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Ryan Lough announces retirement

Wednesday, January 16th
Ryan Lough announces retirement

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that rookie forward Ryan Lough has retired from the ECHL after accepting a work opportunity outside of professional hockey.

“We’re happy for Ryan as he embarks on the next chapter in his life,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “We appreciated his time with us and wish him nothing but the best.”

Lough, 25, skated in 14 games with the Solar Bears this season, contributing three points (1g-2a) and four penalty minutes. The forward also skated with the Manchester Monarchs in one game last season, recording a goal in his pro debut.

“I’d just like to thank everyone within the organization and the fans for making Orlando an incredible place to finish up my hockey career,” Lough said. “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life up to this point, but I feel privileged to have been able to experience and be a part of what is truly the best place to play in the ECHL.”

Prior to turning pro, the native of Manotick, Ontario played college hockey at St. Lawrence University. In 142 career games for the Saints program, Lough notched 48 points (16g-32a) and 71 penalty minutes. Lough also played one season in the United States Hockey League in 2013-14, captaining the Green Bay Gamblers while amassing 42 points (19g-23a) and 27 penalty minutes in 60 games.

NEXT GAMES: The Solar Bears take on the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Solar Bears return home to host the Jacksonville Icemen on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. for a Wine Down Wednesday. Fans can take advantage of $5 wine specials during the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the game.

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2018-19 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:

The Orlando Solar Bears are proud to have local digital printing experts XYMOPrint as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2019 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 30% off their first order of 500 business cards.

2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:

Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

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 the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. 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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