ECHL MVP Lang, four others, sign with Solar Bears

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 forwards Mickey Lang, Mike Ullrich, Ian Slater and Alex Gallant, along with defenseman Ben Shutron, for the 2014-15 season.

Lang led the Solar Bears in goals (44) and points (77) while finishing second on the team with 33 assists. His 44 goals led the ECHL while his 77 points were third in the league. Along with being named the ECHL Most Valuable Player he was named to the All-ECHL First Team. He recorded two hat tricks as a Solar Bear, leading Orlando to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors on March 7, and helping the Solar Bears defeat the Evansville IceMen 5-3 on March 27. Lang scored three overtime goals for the Solar Bears last season as well (Feb. 15 vs. Gwinnett, Feb. 23 at Kalamazoo, March 4 at Florida). He was named the ECHL Player of the Week for February 10-16 after scoring eight points (7g-1a) in four games. Lang appeared in five games with the Iowa Wild last season, scoring one goal. The Reno, Nev. native has played in 192 games in his professional career for Orlando, Fort Wayne, Rockford (AHL), Iowa (AHL) and Quad City (CHL), scoring 105 goals and adding 96 assists for 201 points.

Ullrich appeared in 42 games with the Solar Bears last season, posting 35 points (10g-25a). He had two three-point games and recorded multiple points eight times. Ullrich played in 12 games in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs and Iowa Wild, picking up his first career AHL goal with Manchester. A native of Banff, Alberta, Ullrich has played in 191 games in his professional career, scoring 64 goals and adding 97 assists for 161 points.

Slater collected 14 points (4g-10a) to go along with a team-high 155 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Solar Bears last season. The Satellite Beach, Fla. native split the 2012-13 season between the Trenton Titans and AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, scoring seven goals and four assists along with 147 penalty minutes in 63 games. Prior to turning pro, Slater was the captain of the Western Michigan University Broncos.

Gallant enters his second professional season after leading the Southern Professional Hockey League with 251 penalty minutes in 43 games last season. Gallant played the 2012-13 season with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League where he finished fourth on the team with 106 penalty minutes in 29 games. Hailing from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Gallant’s amateur career also includes a season (2011-12) in the QMJHL with the Prince Edward Island Rocket, totaling 133 penalty minutes in 32 games. He is the younger brother of Brett Gallant, who played four games for the New York Islanders last season.

Shutron was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He enters his first professional season after skating the last five years (2009-14) for the University of New Brunswick (CIS) where he served as an alternate captain last season. In 101 CIS games, Shutron picked up 56 points on eight goals and 48 assists. He won the CIS University Cup in 2010-11 and was named to the CIS All-Rookie team in 2009-10. Shutron played five seasons (2004-2009) in the OHL for the Kingston Frontenacs and Windsor Spitfires, finishing with 154 points (30g-124a) and 353 penalty minutes in 298 games. The Orleans, Ontario native helped Windsor capture both the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship in 2008-09, won an OHL Championship with Kingston in 2007-08 and played in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2005-06.