NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with rookie forward Eddie Matsushima on an ECHL Standard Player Contract.
Matsushima, 25, joins Orlando from the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he was leading the team in scoring with 19 points (7g-12a) and 10 penalty minutes in 17 games. Matsushima’s 19 points also rank tied for third in league scoring.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward began his professional career last spring with Pensacola, posting 13 points (6g-7a) and 14 penalty minutes in 15 games.
Prior to turning pro, the Verona, Wisconsin native played college hockey for the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where he collected 84 points (38g-46a) and 120 penalty minutes in 109 games for the Falcons program, and was twice named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.
Matsushima played junior hockey for the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League, where he picked up 79 points (33g-46a) and 127 penalty minutes in 167 games.
The Solar Bears face the South Carolina Stingrays tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Solar Bears return home to face the Jacksonville Icemen on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. for a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Coors Light; fans can take advantage of $5 domestic drafts during the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this game.
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About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In seven seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
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