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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned rookie forward Otto Somppi to the club from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Additionally, Solar Bears defenseman Nolan Valleau has signed an AHL contract with Syracuse for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, with a club option for the 2019-20 season.
Somppi, 20, has yet to play in 2018-19 regular season game with Syracuse. He made his professional debut with the Crunch in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, where he skated in three games.
Prior to turning pro, the native of Helsinki, Finland played three seasons for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he collected 170 points (58g-112a) and 83 penalty minutes in 178 games.
Somppi was a seventh-round selection (#206 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Valleau, 26, signed a Professional Try-Out Agreement with the Crunch on Oct. 30 after skating in seven games with Orlando, posting four points (2g-2a) and 12 penalty minutes. Since joining Syracuse, the blueliner has picked up four assists and six penalty minutes in 12 AHL contests.
The Solar Bears visit the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:35 p.m. at Infinite Energy Arena. Orlando then hosts the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the first time this season on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center for a FAIRWINDS Solar Bears Sunday. The first 100 FAIRWINDS members who show their FAIRWINDS debit or credit card and photo ID at the box office will receive a free pair of tickets to that day’s game. Once the first 100 pairs are claimed, FAIRWINDS members can still take advantage of a buy-one-get-one offer for the game. For more information, visit fairwinds.org/solarbears. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Teddy Bear Toss, Presented by Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic:
The Solar Bears will host their annual Teddy Bear Toss, presented by Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, against the Florida Everblades on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. The team is currently offering a Buy-One-Donate-One offer to groups of 15 or more attending the Teddy Bear Toss game. For more information, visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/bodo.
2018-19 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:
The Orlando Solar Bears are proud to have local digital printing experts XYMOPrint as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2019 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 30% off their first order of 500 business cards.
2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:
Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com 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.