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Jimmy Mazza Returns to Solar Bears

Friday, September 1st
Jimmy Mazza Returns to Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, announced defenseman Jimmy Mazza has agreed to terms on an ECHL Standard Player Contract, re-signing for the 2023-24 season. 

Mazza, 29, returns for his second season with the Solar Bears in 2023. Orlando acquired the Kings Park, New York native in a future considerations trade with the Adirondack Thunder in the summer of 2022.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound rearguard was one of two Solar Bears players to appear in all 72 games during the 2022-23 season and has not missed a game in the last two ECHL seasons. In total, Mazza has appeared in 162 ECHL games over four seasons with Reading, Adirondack, and Orlando, scoring 24 points (5g-19a) and adding 224 penalty minutes. 

Mazza earned career-highs in all three scoring categories this past season for Orlando, scoring four goals and adding 13 assists for 17 points. Mazza also finished the season with the second-most penalty minutes on the team with 108. 

Prior to turning pro, the native of Kings Park, N.Y. played in the collegiate ranks for Canisius College, where he skated in 141 games for the Golden Griffins program and amassed 68 points (18g-50a). Mazza helped Canisius capture the Atlantic Hockey Association regular season conference title in 2016-17.

Mazza played junior hockey with the United States Premier Hockey League’s P.A.L. Junior Islanders, winning the league’s Defenseman of the Year award in 2014-15. He also skated one season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, where he recorded 10 points (2g-8a) in 58 games.

Keep up to speed with the Solar Bears roster updates from players past and present on the Orlando Solar Bears Off-Season Headquarters.

SOLAR BEARS PRESEASON ROSTER:

Forwards:Luke BokaJoe CarrollRyan CoxAlex FryeD-Jay JeromeBrayden LowAaron LuchukPatrick NewellJamie Rome

Defensemen:Chris HarpurJimmy MazzaChris PernaMitchell SmithJake Stevens

Goaltenders:Drennen Atherton

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