Solar Bears agree to terms with Verreault


ORLANDO, Fla. – The
Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Francis Verreault. Orlando acquired the rights to Verreault-Paul in a trade with the Bakersfield Condors on Oct. 25.

Verreault completed his first professional season last year, splitting time between the Greenville Road Warriors and Bakersfield Condors. He was fourth in scoring on Greenville at the time he was traded to Bakersfield in late December and finished the season with 47 points (16g-31a) and 152 penalty minutes in 60 games and was selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game in Colorado. He made his professional debut at the end of the 2011-12 season picking up one assist and four penalty minutes in six games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

A native of Roberval, Quebec, Verreault played four seasons (2008-12) at McGill University of the CIS (Canadian Intramural Sport) where he scored 156 points (87g-69a) to go along with 371 penalty minutes in 93 games. In 2011-12, he helped McGill win the University Cup Championship while being named to the CIS All-Tournament Team and winning the CIS University Cup Most Valuable Player Award.

His amateur career also includes five seasons (2003-08) with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL where he served as an alternate captain for his final two seasons. Verreault skated in 301 games for Chicoutimi, registering 507 penalty minutes and 189 points (89g-100a). He won a bronze medal in 2003-04 playing for the Canada-Quebec U17 Team at the U17 World Hockey Championships.