ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Scott Tanski and defensemen Paul Baier and Eric Baier.
Tanski notched nine goals and added 13 assists for 22 points in 58 games with the Solar Bears last season. The Athabasca, Alberta native played 68 games, scoring five goals and adding six assists, for the AHL’s Connecticut Whale in 2011-12, his first professional season. From 2007-11, Tanski skated for the Brampton Battalion in the OHL. He served as the team’s Alternate Captain in 2010-11 while leading his team in assists (29) and points (47). His OHL career numbers include 53 goals and 80 assists for 133 points in 219 games.
Paul Baier is the older of the Baier brothers and was drafted in the third round (95th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He skated for Valpellice in Italy last season, scoring two goals and adding two assists for four points along with 16 penalty minutes in 19 games. He began the 2011-12 season with the South Carolina Stingrays, earning 40 penalty minutes, two goals, and six assists in 39 games. He appeared in two games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL that season before ending his season with six games for Cortina, earning three assists. Baier played exclusively in the AHL from 2008-11, with Portland, Binghamton and Rochester, appearing in 189 games notching 31 points on seven goals and 24 assists to go along with 196 penalty minutes. He made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans at the end of the 2007-08 season, scoring one goal and adding three assists in nine games. He played four seasons at Brown University from 2004-08, appearing in 125 games in his NCAA career, recording 28 points on five goals and 23 assists.
Eric Baier split last season among the Trenton Titans and the AHL’s Providence Bruins, Portland Pirates and Charlotte Checkers. In 56 games with Trenton, he tallied 13 points on three goals and 10 assists. He played 51 games for Trenton in 2011-12, scoring 17 points (4g-13a) while also skating in 18 games between the Albany Devils and Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. After finishing his NCAA career in 2009-10, he broke into the professional ranks with six games for the Reading Royals and three games for the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The native of North Kingston, R.I. played four seasons (2007-11) for Providence College where he had nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points in 127 games. He was named to the NCAA Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2009-10.