Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Solar Bears' new clothes

First, we got a franchise. Actually, they just gave us back the one we had.

Then we got a building.
Then there was a name, and a logo.
Tuesday night, the Orlando Solar Bears got some new threads.
Mayor Buddy Dyer joined team officials, media and a couple hundred friends and sponsors Tuesday at a gathering at The Abbey in downtown Orlando to unveil the Solar Bears' jersey as they get closer to be ready to play in the ECHL season and a 36-game home schedule at the Amway Center in mid-October.

Former Orlando Solar Bears Allen Bester (left)
and Bob Joyce model the new home and away
jerseys for the town's newest ECHL team.

Former players Allen Bester and Bob Joyce modeled the new white, purple and green jerseys -- the home white features the Solar Bear from the neck up, and the purple roadie features the Solar Bears script logo with mascot Shades casually propping a stick behind his shoulders -- before Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando Centroplex Director Allen Johnston. got to play model.

Alex Martins and Buddy Dyer model the back of the jerseys --
and does everybody have to use that gawdawful reverse color name plate?
Taking it all in was the Solar Bears' brain trust -- managing partners Bob Ohrablo and Jason Siegel and general partner Joe Haleski. And they were grinning from ear to ear.

"We were pleased with the terrific turnout (Tuesday), and thrilled that alums like Allen and Bob were a part of this," Siegel said.

He said the jersey designs and team colors were inspired by the first incarnation of the Solar Bears, which played in Orlando in the International Hockey League from 1995-2001.

"The jerseys, especially the road jerseys, are a reflection on the past. It was a real no-brainer," he said. "We wanted to do some different touches, and we knew we wanted a different crest on each jersey."

The next event will be the season ticket holder Select-A-Seat at the Amway Center on April 21.

"I'm already thinking about it," Siegel said.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff buddy...It was cool hanging with you again - just like the good old days at the Spurs.


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