Rutherford, Areshenko join Solar Bears
Orlando, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs, announced that they have agreed to terms with forward David Rutherford and defenseman Jake Areshenko.
Rutherford has scored 95 goals in 209 games over the last four seasons. He divided last season between the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League and the Florida Everblades. He averaged over a point per game with Florida, scoring 16 goals and adding 22 assists for 38 points in 36 games. With Charlotte, Rutherford notched one goal and six assists in 18 games. He spent the entire 2011-12 season with Florida, picking up 55 points (25g-30a) in 57 games. On route to a Kelly Cup Championship with Florida, he scored five goals and added seven assists for 12 points in 17 postseason games.
The Ladner, British Columbua native began his professional career in the ECHL in 2008-09, appearing in 52 games for the Charlotte Checkers and 12 games for the Phoenix Roadrunners. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Rutherford played three seasons (2005-08) in the Western Hockey League, helping the Vancouver Giants to a WHL championship in 2005-06 and winning the Memorial Cup in 2007-08 as a member of the Spokane Chiefs.
Areshenko enters his rookie season after appearing in three regular season games and three playoff games for the South Carolina Stingrays last season. He spent the previous four seasons (2009-13) with Bemidji State University, including being named an alternate captain for the Beavers during the 20011-12 season. In 144 NCAA games, Areshenko recorded 24 points (4g-20a) and 156 penalty minutes. Hailing from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Areshenko played one season in the United States Hockey League for the Fargo Force in 2008-09. In 58 games, he had eight points (2g-6a) and 125 penalty minutes.