The Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey team, which is owned by the Orlando Magic organization and plays at the Amway Center, has announced a new affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Part of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the Solar Bears previously were affiliated with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We are extremely happy to welcome the Orlando Solar Bears into the Lightning organization today,” said Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman. “The Solar Bears organization has demonstrated a strong commitment to success that has paid off with numerous playoff appearances. We look forward to being a part of their future accomplishments while also developing our prospects in a world-class environment.”