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Former Solar Bears Goalie Garret Sparks Earns Shutout in NHL Debut with Toronto

November 30, 2015 - ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL's Toronto Marlies, are excited to announce that former Solar Bears goaltender Garret Sparks made his NHL debut Monday night, stopping all 24 shots he faced for a shutout in the Maple Leafs' 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Air Canada Centre, becoming the 579th player in ECHL history to advance to the NHL. Sparks, 22, became the 25th goaltender to earn a shutout in his NHL debut with his performance, and is also the... Full Story

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Dekanich and Pacan Lead Stingrays to 3-0 Win over Solar Bears

November 30, 2015 - ORLANDO, FL - For the second time in a week, David Pacan impressed for the South Carolina Stingrays at the Amway Center. The forward's two shorthanded goals led the Stingrays to a 3-0 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears on Monday. The victory was the fourth straight for South Carolina, and helped the Stingrays sweep a three-game set against the Solar Bears over the last week. Goaltender Mark Dekanich earned his second shutout of the season, stopping all 22 Orlando shots fired his way. Pacan, who notched a hat trick last ... Full Story

Steelheads Bolster Offense, Add Jean and Fallon

November 30, 2015 - Boise, ID - Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced Monday that the team has bolstered its forward corps with the additions of forwards Kyle Jean and Jake Fallon, signing both to ECHL contracts. Jean, 25, has played 19 games this season with Asploven HC in Sweden's Allsvenskan league, netting two goals and seven points. The Sault Ste. Marie native is a former prospect of the New York Rangers, spending the past three seasons split between the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors (now ... Full Story

Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Nikita Nesterov, Reassign Luke Witkowski to Syracuse Crunch

November 30, 2015 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the Syracuse Crunch today, Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Additionally, the team announced that defenseman Luke Witkowski has been reassigned to the Crunch. Nesterov, 22, has played in 10 games for Syracuse this season, recording a goal and four points to go along with four penalty minutes. The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native has appeared in six games with the Lightning this season, notching 19 penalty... Full Story

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