The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a standard player contract with veteran forward and Stanley Cup champion Chad LaRose.
LaRose, 34, has skated in 508 career games with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, amassing 180 points (85g-95a) and 286 penalty minutes, and helped the Hurricanes capture the franchise's only Stanley Cup during the 2005-06 season.
The 5-foot-10, 173-pound forward has also skated in the American Hockey League with the Lowell Lock Monsters and Charlotte Checkers, totaling 121 points (61g-60a) and 115 penalty minutes in 189 games. LaRose has a season of ECHL experience under his belt after suiting up with the Florida Everblades for 41 games in his rookie season of 2003-04, notching 35 points (16g-19a) and 16 penalty minutes for Florida.
LaRose has also represented his country on the international stage, helping Team USA reach the quarterfinal round in both the 2002 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic and the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia.
Prior to turning pro, the Fraser, Mich. native played major junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he racked up 201 points (111g-90a) and 116 penalty minutes in 152 games and was named the recipient of the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the OHL's overage player of the year in 2002-03. LaRose also skated for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, where he posted 88 points (40g-48a) and 78 penalty minutes in 78 games.
The Orlando Solar Bears continue their fifth season of ECHL hockey when they host the back-to-back defending Kelly Cup champion Allen Americans at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. During Thursday's game, fans can enjoy $5 domestic draft beers throughout the Amway Center.
Thursday's game is also a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Ferg's Depot on Church Street - fans can take advantage of $2 Coors Light drafts before and after Thursday's game, along with food specials at Ferg's Depot on Church Street. Fans can purchase discounted game tickets for as low as $14 at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/fergs. If Orlando scores the first goal of the game, fans can bring their tickets to Ferg's after the game to receive a free special Solar Bears appetizer with the purchase of a beverage.
The Solar Bears official mobile app, presented by BB&T, gives Solar Bears fans everything they need right in their pocket. The app is also home to the brand-new Loyalty & Rewards Program, which provides Solar Bears fans with opportunities to accumulate points and redeem them for exclusive prizes. The app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
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