ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Mike Monfredo for the 2018-19 season. Monfredo is the team’s first signing for the upcoming campaign.
“Mike was consistently one of our best players last season,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “We could always rely on him to shut down opposing players or to stick up for his teammates, and he was a valuable contributor offensively.”
Monfredo, 28, returns for his second season in the City Beautiful and his seventh season in pro hockey after posting totals of 23 points (7g-16a) and a team-leading 148 penalty minutes in 68 games during the 2017-18 campaign. For his efforts, Monfredo was named team MVP for the season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound blueliner then went on to add one assist and 40 penalty minutes in nine playoff contests.
“I had a lot of fun playing in Orlando last season, and I’m excited to be back,” Monfredo said. “We’ve got unfinished business here.”
The Shirley, N.Y. native has skated in 407 combined professional games with the Solar Bears, Rapid City Rush and Quad City Mallards, producing 167 points (38g-129a) and 657 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Monfredo played one season (2011-12) of NCAA Division III hockey for SUNY-Fredonia, where he tallied eight points (3g-5a) and 22 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Blue Devils. He also skated for the Motor City Machine/Metal Jackals of the North American Hockey League, where he generated 78 points (16g-62a) and 501 penalty minutes in 154 games.
2018-19 Offseason Headquarters:
Keep up with league deadlines and player signings throughout the summer with our 2018-19 Offseason Headquarters. Use this page to stay informed on all of the latest news regarding departing, returning and new players to join the Solar Bears for the upcoming season!
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 members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in four of six seasons. 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.