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NHL Veteran Ray Sheppard Named Special Assistant to the Head Coach

October 1, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Orlando Solar Bears News Release

Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that former NHL player Ray Sheppard has joined the team as a Special Assistant to Head Coach Drake Berehowsky.

Sheppard posts an impressive resume as a player, appearing in 817 games at the NHL level throughout his 14 year professional career. The Petawawa, Ontario, native was selected in the third round, #60 overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. In his rookie year with Buffalo in 1987-88, Sheppard scored 38 goals and added 27 assists for 65 points in 74 games. He was rewarded for his efforts with a selection to the NHL All-Rookie Team that season.

During his NHL tenure, Sheppard dressed for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes. In 817 games, Sheppard collected 357 goals and 300 assists for 657 points. In 1993-94 as a member of the Red Wings, the 6'1", 194 pound right winger notched 52 goals and 41 assists for 93 points.

"We are very excited to have Ray join our coaching staff," said Head Coach Drake Berehowsky. "His NHL experience will be invaluable for the development of our players."

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are coming Out of Hibernation and will play 36 regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center, beginning October 20, 2012. Individual tickets for all 36 regular season home games are now on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit or the Amway Center Box Office.

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Season ticket plans are available now. Everyone is invited to take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority. Full and half season ticket plans range in price from $225-$1480 per season ticket (includes facility fee), reflecting a savings of up to 42% off box office pricing. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 to speak to a Ticket Sales Account Manager.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200.

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