Crane heads back to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Chris Crane for the 2017-18 season.


The Solar Bears are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

Crane recorded 35 points (15g-20a) and 43 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Solar Bears after he was acquired from the Allen Americans on Nov. 18. Crane finished the regular season with 44 points (18g-26a) and 51 penalty minutes in 60 games. In the Kelly Cup Playoffs, Crane was at his most productive, racking up nine points (2g-7a) and 16 penalty minutes in seven games; his seven assists led the Solar Bears in the postseason.


The native of West Chester Township, Ohio has played in 208 ECHL games with San Francisco, Ontario, Missouri, Allen and Orlando, totaling 128 points (63g-65a) and 199 penalty minutes. The 25-year-old is also a two-time Kelly Cup champion, having been a part of Allen’s title squads in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Crane has suited up in 32 American Hockey League games with Worcester and San Jose, logging nine points (1g-8a) and 19 penalty minutes.


Prior to turning pro, Crane played collegiate hockey for Ohio State University, where he scored 43 points (24g-19a) and added 136 penalty minutes in 110 games for the Buckeyes. He also won a USHL Clark Cup championship with the Green Bay Gamblers in 2009-10, and put up 48 points (25g-23a) and 227 penalty minutes in 100 career USHL games. Crane was a seventh-round selection (200th overall) of the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.