ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have acquired defenseman Chris Perna from the Tulsa Oilers, Head Coach and General Manager Matt Carkner announced today, completing the future considerations trade for Dante Sheriff on December 6, 2022.
Perna, 25, appeared in 54 regular season games last year for the Oilers, accumulating eight assists and 20 penalty minutes from the Tulsa defense.
The 25-year-old native of Pittsford, New York played college hockey at SUNY-Geneseo from 2018 through 2022, wearing the Alternate Captain 'A' in his senior season. In 81 games, Perna scored 15 goals and 47 assists for 62 points.
OPENING NIGHT: The Solar Bears open the 2023-24 regular season on October 19 when they face the back-to-back Kelly Cup Champion Florida Everblades at AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center.
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 10 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.