Solar Bears re-sign forward Tyler Bird
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has agreed to terms with forward Tyler Bird on an ECHL Standard Player Contract for the 2021-22 season.
Bird, 24, appeared in 65 games with the Solar Bears during the 2020-21 campaign, in which he collected 29 points (15g-14a) and 44 penalty minutes, along with a +5 and 174 shots on goal, all career-high statistics for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward. Bird also tied for the team lead with two shorthanded goals. The forward became the club’s first-ever two-time recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award, presented each season to the Solar Bears player who best displays a commitment to hard work, perseverance and dedication.
Bird enters the 2021-22 campaign for his third season with the Solar Bears, and fourth overall in pro hockey, with 144 games of ECHL experience under his belt with Orlando, Greenville, Wheeling and Reading, collecting 52 points (23g-29a) and 81 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in two American Hockey League contests with Syracuse, picking up two assists and two penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, the Andover, Massachusetts native played four seasons of collegiate hockey for Brown University, where he collected 35 points (22g-13a) 40 penalty minutes in 120 games for the Bears program. Bird only missed four games during his NCAA career, and was named an alternate captain for his senior season.
Bird was a fifth-round selection (#137 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The defending Stanley Cup champs will call Orlando home for one night only - secure your seats to the Tampa Bay Lightning preseason game on October 5 at Amway Center when you purchase a Solar Bears Season Ticket Membership today. Lock in your seats for the 2021-22 season and the NHL preseason match with a full or half-season membership - with plans starting as low as $314 a seat! Visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/seasontickets for more information.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Solar Bears are members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in five of nine seasons. 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.
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