OSB: You played over a hundred games in Orlando, what is your favorite memory playing for the Solar Bears?
BC: My favorite memory is when we brought a Turner Cup Championship to Orlando. There was a lot of excitement. Beating Chicago… they beat us the year before, it was just a lot of fun. The community really rallied around us and the fan support we had throughout the year was great. I think it was a great boost for Orlando and when we brought that Cup back it was a lot of fun.
2000 ended in a playoff loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones, although Chicago did win the cup that year.
There is a certain logic where he is correct. In smaller leagues, like the IHL had become by that point, conferences don't matter so much, and it becomes anyone's championship. (except Detroit, the Vipers had become a shell of their former selves), btw, thank you Bill Davidson for that.
Solar Bears to Raise Turner Cup Championship Banner
Orlando, Fl. - the Orlando solar bears announced today that they will honor the 2001 (IHL) championship team by raising the turner cup championship banner during this year's out of hibernation season. The banner is scheduled to be raised during a special pre-game ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Amway center before the solar bears take on the Trenton Titans.
In 2001, the Orlando Solar Bears defeated the Chicago Wolves 5-1 in game 5 of the best of seven series to win the championship series 4 games to 1. The solar bears were the last IHL team to win the turner cup before the IHL ceased operations that summer.
"From 'day one' of our existence we have had every intention of honoring the past as we celebrate our future. This is unfinished business," stated solar bears managing partner Jason Siegel. "For the players and coaches, front office staff, Amway arena staff, and fans of the 2001 championship team this ceremony is long overdue and we are honored to play a small role in assuring it happens."
The banner raising pregame ceremony will include special appearances by members of the solar bears' championship team. Arrangements have been made with the hockey hall of fame in Toronto to have the turner cup on hand and the current solar bears team will wear commemorative throw-back jerseys that night. Fans in attendance on February 2 will take home commemorative mini-banners as a keep sake.
Finally, getting to see what we should've seen all those years ago. Can't wait to see how many players they can bring in. Seeing the Turner Cup being brought back to Orlando will bring back all those great memories.
A few more guys have been signed, and so I guess Berehowsky is functioning as the GM.
I've got concerns over the long term viability of that plan, but for right now, it's okay, as long as Berehowsky has the right personality to eventually let one of the positions go (either GM or HC) should the need show itself.
I'm a bit concerned over a potential lockouts effects on the Solar Bears first season back.
I know the hardcore will be there, and possibly get an attendance boost from Tampa Bay fans, but to gen pop. the last lockout was interpreted as meaning 'hockey's gone', and that's a message that I hope doesn't infect Orlandidiots should the unthinkable occur.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Players report
Sunday, Sept. 30: Player physicals
Monday, Oct. 1: Practice 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Practice 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 3: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5: Pre-Season Game - Estero, FL 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6: Pre-Season Game - Estero, FL 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7: Day Off
Monday, Oct. 8: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 10: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Looking over their group of players, there's a lot of junk players attending, like guys who didn't make it in the FHL. I suppose those will be the spots filled through affiliation.
Almost everyone coming straight out of juniors seems to have a chance though.
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The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have released 13 players from their roster.
The list of released players includes forwards Ron Cramer, Jordan Lane, David Lun, Samson Mahbod, Matthew Panzo, Darick Ste-Marie and Brad Townsend, defensemen Brad Good, Chris Haltigin, Michael Jordan, Edward Levens and Ben Woodley, and goaltender Drew Palmisano.
Berehowsky went on to say they're getting 5 more guys sent down on Monday. Based on that they cut the other goalie in camp, we can assume one of them will be that.
So 10 out of the 18 to 20 guys on the roster will be from affiliation.
In: Matthew Sisca from Cincinnati for Mr. Considerations it seems as well, as I don't see any mixup in the tryout roster.
They cut Michael Jordan, but it just occurred to me; Simon Danis-Pepin
Pepin and Jordan.
I also got to thinking about the subtitle of this thread, and Ready to Go.
The interesting thing is that Republica officially released Ready to Go (2010 version) I think it'd be appropriate for the new incarnation of OSB to use this new version, as the original US version of the song is so ingrained in what was the original team's playlist.
It'd be a bit of a pleasant suprise for old season ticket holders on opening night to hear the beginning of a song that we heard a million times, just to have it go another direction.
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