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WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Florida EverbladesVENUE: Hertz Arena, Estero, Fla.DATE: Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.TONIGHT: The Orlando Solar Bears face the Florida Everblades in the first of two road exhibition contests leading into the 2020-21 season.
THE DANCE BEGINS AGAIN: The Solar Bears meet their annual preseason foe tonight for the ninth consecutive season. Orlando won the preseason series last year with a 1-0-1-0 record; the Solar Bears holding a lifetime 6-6-3-0 (.500) record in the preseason against the Everblades.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY: The Solar Bears current training camp roster includes 13 players who saw time with Orlando last season. This is the largest retained group from the season prior in team history, surpassing the mark of 11 set last season.
LEBLANC ENTERS FOURTH SEASON WITH ORLANDO: Forward Chris LeBlanc enters the 2020-21 season with the most games played among any forward in team history, appearing in 173 career matches. He has also skated in five career preseason games with Orlando since his first full professional season in 2017-18.
OFFENSIVE WEAPONS RETAINED: LeBlanc (35 points) and Tristin Langan (37 points), both back with Orlando for another season, represent two out of three of the top scorers on the team from last season, while Trevor Olson has opted to retire.
EVERBLADES NOTES: Like Orlando, Florida has retained much of its core from last season, bringing back stalls such as John McCarron, Kyle Neuber, Logan Roe, Black Winiecki and Ben Masella. Florida has also retained the services of goaltender Cam Johnson.
NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears conclude the preseason with their second road game against the Everblades tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Orlando opens the 2020-21 regular season against the Everblades next Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The Solar Bears play their first home game of the 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday, Dec. 29 vs. the Jacksonville Icemen.
Merchandise Offer — Holiday Bundle:
Take advantage of our Holiday Bundle offer, which includes a holiday hat, thematic jersey and puck, all for $89, while supplies last. All online merchandise purchases also include a free Solar Bears face covering, while supplies last. Shop now at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.
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About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In eight 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 the AdventHealth 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.