ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with rookie forward Brent Pedersen for the 2018-19 season.
Pedersen, 23, begins his professional career after skating for Laurentian University during the 2017-18 season. In 28 games, Pedersen recorded 26 points (9g-17a) and 16 penalty minutes.
“Brent is a responsible two-way forward who plays a very disciplined game,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “We love his work ethic and believe he’ll be someone who can contribute offensively for us.”
In three seasons with the Voyageurs program, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward accumulated 59 points (27g-32a) and 26 penalty minutes in 76 games. During his time with Laurentian, Pedersen was teammates with fellow rookie forward Dylan Fitze, who also agreed to terms with Orlando earlier this summer.
“I’m extremely excited and honored to begin my professional career with the Solar Bears,” Pedersen said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the organization, coaching staff and the fans. I can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to turning pro, the native ofArthur, Ontario played major junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers and Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, where he accrued totals of 112 points (58g-54a) and 171 penalty minutes in 268 games. Pedersen also captured an OHL title and a Memorial Cup championship with Oshawa during the 2014-15 season.
Pedersen was a fifth-round selection (#126 overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
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!
Lightning Preseason Tickets Now on Sale:
NHL hockey returns to Orlando this fall when the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Florida Panthers at the Amway Center in a preseason clash on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now – visit the Amway Center box office or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/lightning.
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 puck drops on Saturday, Oct. 13 against the Atlanta Gladiators as the Orlando Solar Bears open the 2018-19 season, presented by XYMOPrint. The 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.