St. Lawrence University grad joins Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with rookie forward Ryan Lough for the 2018-19 season.

Lough (LAW), 25, has spent the summer playing for the Sydney Bears of the Australian Ice Hockey League, and has generated 27 points (12g-15a) and 12 penalty minutes in 15 games.

Lough will begin his first full season of professional hockey after scoring a goal in his one-game debut with the Manchester Monarchs at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward played the majority of the campaign finishing his senior season at St. Lawrence University, where he served as an alternate captain and recorded 14 points (6g-8a) and 33 penalty minutes in 37 games.

“Ryan’s a crafty forward who has good speed and puck-handling abilities,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “He can set up teammates or score on his own, and he’ll be a good fit for our system.”

In 142 career games for the Saints program, Lough notched 48 points (16g-32a) and 71 penalty minutes.

“I’m really excited to sign with a first-class organization like Orlando,” Lough said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the fan base, coaching staff, management and the entire Solar Bears organization as a whole. I’m eager to fly down south in October and get the season started!”

The native of Manotick, Ontario also played one season in the United States Hockey League in 2013-14, captaining the Green Bay Gamblers while amassing 42 points (19g-23a) and 27 penalty minutes in 60 games.

2018-19 Offseason Headquarters:

Keep up with league deadlines and player signings throughout the summer with our 2018-19 Offseason Headquarters. Use this page to stay informed on all of the latest news regarding departing, returning and new players to join the Solar Bears for the upcoming season!

2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:

Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit


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