Solar Bears to Bid on 2015 ECHL All-Star GameJanuary 3, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears
"Orlando's ownership and staff has done a tremendous job in the team's first season, averaging over 6,500 fans per game to rank third in the ECHL. The League looks forward to receiving the Solar Bears' bid to bring our showcase event to Central Florida in 2015," said Commissioner Brian McKenna.
"With an award winning facility and the tremendous support of our local community, season ticket holders, corporate sponsors and growing fan base here in Orlando, we will make a compelling bid to host one of our League signature events, the 2015 All-Star Game," said team President and Alternate Governor, Jason Siegel. "We will spend the next three months assembling a group of community leaders and partners to help us present what we believe will be a winning bid to the ECHL Board of Governors in June."
"We built the award-winning Amway Center to host national and international events with a vast array of fan amenities which makes Orlando the ideal place to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "In just their first season, the Orlando Solar Bears have already become an integral part of our city and hosting the ECHL All-Star game would be good for the Solar Bears and all of Central Florida."
"What a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Amway Center and Central Florida to hockey fans throughout the country as we continue to draw more and more fans to downtown Orlando," said Solar Bears COO, Bob Ohrablo.
Nick Petersen becomes the first player in Solar Bears history to be selected to the ECHL All-Star Game
The Wakefield, Quebec, native has played in 22 games for Orlando this season, scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists for 26 points. Petersen notched the first hat trick for the Solar Bears against the South Carolina Stingrays on October 25, and leads Orlando in goals while being tied for first in points. He is currently on recall to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, where he has scored one goal and added one assist in six games.
The ECHL All-Star Game
More than 50 players from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 39 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level. The game has been available on the NHL Network the last nine years as well as being broadcast on multiple regional networks. The audio broadcast has been carried on XM Satellite Radio as well as being available in all ECHL markets.
The past nine ECHL All-Star Games have generated more than $1 million each for the local economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city. The game has been available on the NHL Network the last nine years as well as being broadcast on multiple regional networks. The audio broadcast has been carried on XM Satellite Radio as well as being available in all ECHL markets.
The ECHL is currently in the middle of its 25th season of play, and is the third longest tenured professional hockey league behind on the American Hockey League (AHL) and National Hockey League (NHL). The league has seen 298 players reach the NHL since 2003, when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and AHL. The league had a record 81 former players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, and was represented for the 12th season in a row on the Stanley Cup in 2012 with Los Angeles Kings players Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, and Jonathan Quick. Quick would also win the Conn Smyth Trophy for playoff MVP, becoming the second-straight former ECHL player to win that award (Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins won the award in 2011).
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.
Individual tickets for all regular season home games are on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.
ECHL Stories from January 3, 2013
- Titans Get Busy with Roster Moves to Start 2013 - Trenton Titans
- Forward Matt Pope Loaned to Reading - Reading Royals
- Elmira Jackals Team up with Dave Clark Foundation on D3 Hockey Camp - Elmira Jackals
- ECHL Transactions - January 3 - ECHL
- K-Wings Return Home - Kalamazoo Wings
- Dustin Gazley Named to ECHL All-Star Team - Elmira Jackals
- Trenton Titans Week in Review - Trenton Titans
- Solar Bears to Bid on 2015 ECHL All-Star Game - Orlando Solar Bears
- Gladiators Lee Named to ECHL All-Star Game - Gwinnett Gladiators
- Ouellet Named to the 2013 ECHL All-Star Team - San Francisco Bulls
- Forward Toni Rajala Selected to ECHL All-Star Team - Stockton Thunder
- Josh Shalla Selected to 2013 ECHL All-Star Game - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Chris Francis Named to 2013 ECHL All-Star Team - Las Vegas Wranglers
- William Wrenn Selected to ECHL All-Star Team - Alaska Aces
- Komet Defenseman Daniel Maggio Named ECHL All-Star - Fort Wayne Komets
- Zapolski Named to ECHL All-Star Team - South Carolina Stingrays
- Mike Marcou Named to ECHL All-Star Team - Greenville Road Warriors
- Hockey Authors Featured On Puska on Pucks - OSC Original by Denis Puska
- Reserves Announced for 2013 ECHL All-Star Game - ECHL
- Royals Sign Goaltender Drew MacIntyre - Reading Royals
- Trenton's Noebels Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month - ECHL
- Yannick Tifu Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month - Reading Royals
- Reading's Tifu Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month - ECHL
- Zapolski Named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month - South Carolina Stingrays
- South Carolina's Zapolski Named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month - ECHL
- Road Warriors Introduce Warriors for Education - Greenville Road Warriors
- Reichard seals first Thunder win of 2013 with 26 saves - Stockton Thunder
- Reign Shut out Wranglers with 2-0 Win - Ontario Reign
- Condors Prevail in a Shootout, 2-1 - Bakersfield Condors
- Torrey Mitchell Makes SF Bulls Debut, Scores in 2-1 Shootout Loss to Colorado - San Francisco Bulls
- Reign Drop Wranglers 2-0 - Las Vegas Wranglers
- Steelheads Fall in Nine-Round Shootout - Idaho Steelheads
- Eagles Win Shootout in San Francisco, 2-1 - Colorado Eagles
- Stockton Edges Utah 2-1 - Utah Grizzlies
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.