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Tyler Bird Returns for Fifth Season with Solar Bears

Monday, September 25th
Tyler Bird Returns for Fifth Season with Solar Bears

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

Bird, 26, returns for his fifth season with the Solar Bears after racking up 34 points (16g-18a) in 70 games for Orlando during the 2022-23 campaign. His 16 goals were the third most among Solar Bear forwards and earned himself career-high marks in assists (18) and points (34). 

The Andover, Mass. native also appeared in his 150th game as a Solar Bear and 250th ECHL game this season, while scoring his 100th professional point on December 21st, 2022 against Florida and his 100th point as a Solar Bear on February 17th, 2023 against South Carolina. Following the conclusion of the season, Bird was honored as the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy winner – awarded to the player who displays a commitment to hard work, perseverance, and dedication – for each of the last four seasons. 

Bird is currently second all-time in team history in goals (55), tied for third all-time in game-winning goals (8), fifth all-time in games played (217) and fifth all-time in penalty minutes (183).

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has appeared in 262 ECHL games over five seasons with Wheeling, Reading, Greenville, and Orlando, scoring 119 points (58g-61a). Bird has also accumulated three assists in 13 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Syracuse and San Jose. 

Prior to turning pro, Bird played four seasons of collegiate hockey for Brown University, where he recorded 35 points (22g-13a) 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 (137th overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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:Tyler BirdLuke BokaJoe CarrollRyan CoxAlexandre FortinAlex FryeD-Jay JeromeBrayden LowAaron LuchukPatrick NewellJamie RomeTanner Schachle

Defensemen:Ben CarrollChris HarpurLouka HenaultKenny JohnsonJimmy MazzaChris PernaJay PowellMitchell SmithJake Stevens

Goaltenders:Drennen Atherton

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