Better. Faster. Stronger. Still wearing sunglasses. The Orlando Solar Bears are back. Apparently this is the new logo of the returning franchise set to take the ice in the ECHL next year. Both of UTP’s hosts became hockey fans watching their respective teams in the old International Hockey League, so this is a bit of hockey nostaglia. Any hope for an Atlanta Knights comeback yet?

Great piece on what an injury-plagued NHL team does to that team’s AHL affiliate. “Getting help in Minnesota means needing help in Iowa” by Clint Cole for Minnesota Hockey Magazine.

The Minnesota Wild have been plagued with injuries so far in the 2013-14 season. With players like forward and captain Mikko Koivu, goaltender Josh Harding and defenseman Jared Spurgeon currently out with injuries and many more having injury troubles at one time or another this season the Wild have been forced to fill their roster spots with players from their AHL affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.

When this happens, the Iowa Wild must also find a way to fill roster spots and compete in the AHL. So far in January the Iowa Wild have signed seven players to professional try-out (PTO) contracts and have called up two players from the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

Read the full article here.


It was a very touching moment last night during the Turner Cup banner night when the Orlando Solar Bears and the mayor of the city presented a jersey to the father of the late Dan Snyder, who played for the Solar Bears on the championship team. The new Solar Bears will present an annual award in Snyder’s name to a player who embodies Snyder’s spirit, character and commitment.

The Strangest Hockey Team Names of All Time: Part One

Congratulations hockey fans, you’ve survived the month of August. Known notoriously as hockey’s “dead month”, the month of August isn’t anything short of depressing for hockey fans, since there’s really nothing going on in the NHL. But don’t worry, we at…

Via: http://thehockeywriters.com/the-strangest-hockey-team-names-of-all-time-part-one/


I don’t know why I watched this because now I’m cries.