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Affiliations & Alumni

The Solar Bears entered into a three-year affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL prior to the 2018-19 season. The affiliation was extended an additional two seasons on July 19, 2021.

Entering the 2022-23 season, the Solar Bears have received 18 players under NHL contract to Tampa Bay since the beginning of the affiliation, along with eight additional players under American Hockey League contracts with the Syracuse Crunch. Furthermore, nine Solar Bears players have received AHL Professional Tryout Agreements from Syracuse, while two players have earned AHL contracts with the Crunch.

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NHL AFFILIATE: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Founded: 1992
General Manager: Julien BriseBois
Head Coach: Jon Cooper
Arena: Amalie Arena
Stanley Cups: 3 — 2004; 2020; 2021

NHL ALUMNI DEVELOPED IN ORLANDO

PLAYERPOSITIONNHL TEAMSSEASONS IN ORLANDONHL DEBUT
Darcy Kuemper*GoaltenderMIN, LAK, ARI, COL, WSH2012-13Feb. 12, 2013
Garret SparksGoaltenderTOR, VGK, LAK2013-16; 2020-21Nov. 30, 2015
Christopher GibsonGoaltenderNYI, TB2013-14Jan. 2, 2016
Mike LiambasForwardNSH, ANA2012-13Dec. 3, 2016
Jack RodewaldForwardOTT2015-16Oct. 27, 2017
Kasimir KaskisuoGoaltenderTOR, NSH2016-18Nov. 16, 2019
Mason MarchmentForwardTOR, FLA, DAL2016-17Jan. 2, 2020
Connor IngramGoaltenderNSH, ARZ2018-19Oct. 24, 2021
Zach FucaleGoaltenderWSH2019-20Nov. 11, 2021
Hugo AlnefeltGoaltenderTB2021-22Dec. 30, 2021

NHL AFFILIATE HISTORY

NHL CLUBSEASONS AFFILIATED
Minnesota Wild2012-14
Toronto Maple Leafs2013-18
Tampa Bay Lightning2018-Present