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Solar Bears add forward Darian Romanko

Wednesday, August 28th
Solar Bears add forward Darian Romanko

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with rookie forward Darian Romanko for the 2019-20 season.

“Darian got into some games at this level late in the season, and we feel his game translated well,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “He’s got solid defensive instincts and we feel there’s room for him to continue to grow his offensive game.”

Romanko (ro-MAYN-ko), 24, began his pro career this past spring in a three-game stint with the Norfolk Admirals, in which he recorded two points (1g-1a) for Norfolk.

“I was already aware of the team’s track record on the ice, but as I went through the recruitment process, I learned about how the organization treats its players and encourages them to perform at their best,” Romanko said. “I’m beyond excited to play for the Solar Bears and cannot wait for the season to start.”

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward enjoyed a four-year collegiate career with the University of Minnesota, where he skated in 137 career games with the Golden Gophers program, posting totals of 21 points (7g-14a) and 59 penalty minutes. As a senior, Romanko served as one of the team’s alternate captains, and during his sophomore and junior seasons was the only player on the team to appear in all 38 games in each campaign. Romanko helped Minnesota earn back-to-back Big Ten regular season championships in 2016 and 2017.

The Shoreview, Minnesota native played his junior hockey for the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League, tallying 102 points (51g-51a) and 88 penalty minutes in 114 games. During the 2015 NAHL playoffs, Romanko helped lead the Wilderness to the Robertson Cup for the organization’s first-ever championship and led the junior circuit in postseason scoring with 19 points (7g-12a) in 17 playoff contests.

Additionally, forward Tayler Thompson will be suspended by the team after signing with Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Republic. Thompson, 26, had originally agreed to terms with Orlando on Aug. 6. By placing Thompson on suspension at the opening of training camp, the Solar Bears will retain his ECHL rights.

Opening Night is Oct. 12:

The Orlando Solar Bears open their eighth season of ECHL hockey against the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Opening Night tickets are on sale via the Amway Center box office and Ticketmaster  – CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT.

Pre-Order New Jerseys:

The Orlando Solar Bears will wear new jerseys for the 2019-20 season. An extremely limited quantity of replica jerseys are now available for pre-order online, with adult sizes available for $149.95 and youth sizes available at $109.95. Fans can visit bit.ly/OSBJerseys to place a pre-order today.

2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships on Sale Now:

Upgrade to Solar Status and become a Season Ticket Member today. Season ticket memberships for the 2019-20 season are now on sale and start as little as $270 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

2019-20 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:

The 2019-20 Orlando Solar Bears season is presented by XYMOPrint, Orlando’s digital printing experts. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2021 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 15% off their first order and a free Orlando Solar Bears poster!

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 seven seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play 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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