Solar Bears bring back Denver Manderson

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, have announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Denver Manderson for the 2016-17 season.

Manderson, 27, returns to the Solar Bears for his third campaign with the organization after recording 16 points (4g-12a) and eight penalty minutes in 25 games during the 2015-16 season. Manderson was previously the Solar Bears’ MVP during the 2014-15 season, in which he led the team with 18 goals. His 66 career points with Orlando rank sixth in team history.

In 213 professional games split between the Solar Bears and Wheeling Nailers, as well as the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies, the Fergus, Ontario native has compiled 149 points (53g-96a) and 84 penalty minutes. He also posted totals 33 points (17g-16a) and 30 penalty minutes with HeKi of Finland’s Mestis league in 2010-11.

Prior to turning pro, Manderson played Junior A hockey with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, amassing 221 points (69g-152a) and 66 penalty minutes in 115 games, and helped the club capture the Fred Page Cup in 2007-08. He also played 21 games of major junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, earning one goal and one assist along with 16 penalty minutes.