Orlando Solar Bears partners Jason Siegel, Joe Haleski and Bob Ohrablo joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to welcome the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the AHL Houston Aeros as affiliates for the Solar Bears as they begin their Out of Hibernation season in October 2012. The announcement was made at RDV Ice Den, the official training and practice site of the Orlando Solar Bears.
What is the point of this again? Is this gonna be the Aeros minor league team now or something?
It's a similar relationship as the Wild have to the Aeros. There's the occasional skater (like Burrows) who plays for the ECHL for a while to get ice time, and ends up making it to the NHL. Also, it's common for teams with a lot of goalie prospects to put one in the ECHL (like Kuemper was, although he had to be loaned to Ontario because we didn't have an affiliate).
Some of these minor league or affiliate teams have some very very ****ed up names.
The Orlando Solar Bears? Just doesn't sound like a hockey team.
They were an IHL team until that league folded. Unlike others (like the Houston Aeros) they were simply shut down instead of being brought into the AHL because the owner of the team owned other IHL franchises, and could only bring one in.
They were granted an ECHL expansion team and next season will be their first. Hopefully they'll be able to establish a rivalry with the Florida Everblades.
I doubt it. I'm sure most of them will go play in Europe and Russia.
Actually, some choose the lower North American leagues instead of going to Europe, so it could happen. I remember D. Hatcher and Chelios playing in an ECHL type league during the last lockout, and I'm sure there were others.
I know you were but I'm almost half expecting a lockout so I replied seriously. Until a deal gets done I'm not ruling a lockout out.
Considering neither side has filed to end the existing CBA, and they only have 9 more days to do it, you should change that to "I'm not worrying about a lockout until one side or the other files for the ending of the existing CBA."