Solar Bears sign Akim Aliu

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has signed veteran defenseman Akim Aliu to a Standard Player Contract.

Aliu, 29, skated last season for HC Banska Bystrica, Kalskrona HK and IK Pantern, amassing seven points (2g-5a) and 92 penalty minutes in 21 combined games.

In 559 career pro games, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound blueliner has generated 155 points (80g-75a) and 752 penalty minutes. Aliu’s résumé includes seven games with the NHL’s Calgary Flames, in which he produced three points (2g-1a) and 26 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 67 career ECHL contests with the Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Bakersfield Condors, Colorado Eagles and Toledo Walleye, where he has posted totals of 61 points (26g-35a) and 153 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Okene, Nigeria played for the London Knights, Sudbury Wolves and Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, where he racked up 167 points (76g-91a) and 407 penalty minutes in 205 games.

Aliu was a second-round selection (#56 overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

NEXT GAMES: The Solar Bears return home to host the Jacksonville Icemen on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. for a Wine Down Wednesday. Fans can take advantage of $5 wine specials during the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the game.

Fighting Four Packs presented by CenturyLink:

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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

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

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 Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

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