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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned rookie forward Alexei Lipanov to the club from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. Additionally, rookie goaltender Corbin Boes has signed a Professional Try-Out Agreement with the Syracuse Crunch, while veteran defenseman Akim Aliu has been returned to the Solar Bears after being released from his PTO with the Tucson Roadrunners.
Lipanov, 19, joins Orlando after completing his major junior season with the Rangers, where he posted 30 points (11g-19a) and 16 penalty minutes in 61 games. The forward contributed one assist in four playoff games for Kitchener.
In 116 career OHL games with the Rangers, Sudbury Wolves and Barrie Colts, Lipanov accumulated 69 points (25g-44a) and 36 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Lipanov made his pro debut last season with the Syracuse Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Lightning. Lipanov dished out three assists and added four penalty minutes in 10 games with Syracuse after the conclusion of his major junior season with Sudbury.
The native of Moscow, Russia has also represented his country for the past two seasons at the IIHF World Junior Championships, where he produced two assists and four penalty minutes in five combined games.
Lipanov was a third-round selection (#76 overall) of the Lightning in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Boes, 25, joins the Crunch after appearing in 24 games with the Solar Bears this season, where he has gone 9-9-3 with one shutout, a 3.61 goals-against average and a save percentage of .893.
Aliu, 29, did not appear in any games while with Tucson. The blueliner has skated in 11 contests with Orlando, where he has posted nine points (4g-5a) and 10 penalty minutes.
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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.
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