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Solar Bears Bring in NHL Talent with Ryan Reaves

December 7, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Orlando Solar Bears News Release

Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with RW Ryan Reaves.

Reaves (6'1", 227 lbs.) has played 88 games over the course of two seasons with the St. Louis Blues (NHL), racking up 202 penalty minutes (PIM) to go along with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists). He played 60 games with St. Louis last season, with 124 PIM, three goals, and one assist. Reaves split the 2010-11 season with the Peoria Rivermen (AHL) and the Blues, playing in 28 NHL games while recording two goals, two assists, and 78 PIM. In 50 AHL games that year, he picked up 146 PIM along with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists).

Reaves skated exclusively with Peoria from 2008-2010, appearing in 133 games. In 2009-10 he lead the Rivermen with 167 PIM, and in 2008-09 he was second on the club with 130 PIM. He also spent 31 games with the Rivermen in 2007-08 after starting the season with the Alaska Aces (ECHL). In 214 AHL games, Reaves has 489 PIM, 20 goals, and 25 assists for 45 points. In nine ECHL contests, all with the Aces, he had two goals and 42 PIM.

Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native played three seasons (2004-07) in the WHL (Western Hockey League) before turning pro. Reaves skated in 201 games over those three seasons, picking up 246 PIM while recording 36 goals and 43 assists for 79 points. He was fourth on the team with 91 PIM during the 2005-06 season.

Head Coach Drake Berehowsky, who was an assistant coach for Peoria while Reaves was playing there, said, "Reaves is a great addition to our club. He brings strong leadership both on and off the ice, and the way he plays the game will set a tremendous example to the rest of our team."

The Orlando Solar Bears return to the Amway Center for a three game series against the Fort Wayne Komets tonight at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 9th, at 3:00 p.m. Good seats are still available. Visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are in their Out of Hibernation season and 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 now on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.

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