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HOUSTON ASSIGNS FIVE TO SOLAR BEARS

Captain of 2011-12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Joins the Team

 

Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that Sean Lorenz, the captain of Notre Dame last season, has been assigned to the team.  In addition, the Solar Bears have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Ginand and have added forward C.J. Severyn on a PTO (Professional Tryout) contract and defenseman Chris Haltigin on an ATO (Amateur Tryout) contract. Houston also assigned forwards Josh Caron and Nick Petersen, and defensemen Corbin Baldwin, and Kyle Medvec. The Solar Bears have released forwards Gary Klapkowski and Mathieu Melanson.

Lorenz (6'1", 195 lbs.) got his first taste of professional action when he skated in two games with the Houston Aeros (AHL) at the end of last season. From Littleton, Colorado, Lorenz was the captain at Notre Dame last year, and as a junior in 2010-11 he lead his team in plus/minus (+32) and blocked shots (57). He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

Ginand (5'9", 165 lbs.) collected 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games for Vipiteno in the Italian league last season. The fourth-year pro dressed in 108 games with Trenton (ECHL) from 2009-11, tallying 43 goals and 59 assists for 102 points. In 2010-11, he led Trenton in goals (29) and assists (46) while finishing sixth in the ECHL in points (75).

Severyn (6'0", 185 lbs.) joins the Solar Bears after scoring 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) with the Utah Grizzlies last year. Prior to turning pro, the Beaver, Pennsylvania, native completed four seasons at Ohio State University, scoring 41 points in 140 games with the Buckeyes. Severyn played for both the U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 teams from 2005-07, and was a seventh round draft choice of the Calgary Flames in 2007.

Haltigin, (6'1", 194 lbs.) served as the captain at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) last year, where finished lead all team defensemen with 16 assists and 21 points and was named to the AHA Second All-Conference team. Hailing from Oakville, Ontario, Haltigin was named an alternate captain as a junior in 2010-11, and helped RIT to an AHA (Atlantic Hockey Association) championship with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 2009-10.

Caron (6'4", 215 lbs.) split last season between the Kamloops Blazers and Everett Silvertips (WHL) where he had a combined 159 PIM, which placed him eighth in the WHL. In 2009-10 the Campbell River, British Columbia, native played in 60 games for the Blazers and posted 190 PIM.

Petersen (6'2", 186 lbs) is entering his third professional season after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in seven games with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) last year, picking up four goals and five assists for nine points. The Wakefield, Quebec, native played 40 games for the Nailers in 2010-11, racking up 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points. In 75 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Petersen has scored 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists).

Baldwin (6'5", 215 lbs.) is entering his first professional season after spending four years with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL (Western Hockey League). Last season, Winnipeg, Manitoba, native led the Chiefs with a +35 rating, set career highs in goals (6), assists (27), and points (33), and finished second on the team with 128 PIM.

Medvec (6'5", 220 lbs.) appeared in 56 games with the Aeros in 2011-12, finishing with one goal and three assists. The 24 year-old defenseman led all University of Vermont blueliners in goals (five) and points (15) as a junior in 2009-10.

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 www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.

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