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Solar Bears add Matthew Barnaby

Monday, August 15th
Solar Bears add Matthew Barnaby

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with forward Matthew Barnaby on an ECHL Standard Player Contract for the 2022-23 season.

Barnaby, 24, joins Orlando after competing in 31 contests with the Fort Wayne Komets during the 2021-22 season, posting nine points (5g-4a) in his first full ECHL campaign. Despite being limited to less than half the season, two of Barnaby’s goals opened the scoring in games for Fort Wayne and he also added a game-winning tally.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound forward’s ECHL career also includes one assist in three games with Greenville. Additionally, Barnaby has recorded 59 points (27g-32a) in 67 matches with Huntsville and Evansville of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Prior to turning pro, the Buffalo, New York native split one season of junior hockey with Youngstown and Chicago in the United States Hockey League, posting 29 points (10g-19a) in 53 games.

Barnaby’s father, also named Matthew Barnaby, is a former NHL forward who suited up in 834 major league games and twice led the NHL in penalty minutes.

Orlando’s preseason roster now includes the following players:

Forwards:Matthew BarnabyTyler BirdLuke BokaRoss OlssonShawn Szydlowski

Defensemen:Jimmy MazzaLuke McInnisAndrew McLean

Goaltender:Brad Barone

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