NHL veteran Chad Larose joins Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a standard player contract with veteran forward and Stanley Cup champion Chad LaRose.

LaRose, 34, has skated in 508 career games with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, amassing 180 points (85g-95a) and 286 penalty minutes, and helped the Hurricanes capture the franchise's only Stanley Cup during the 2005-06 season.

The 5-foot-10, 173-pound forward has also skated in the American Hockey League with the Lowell Lock Monsters and Charlotte Checkers, totaling 121 points (61g-60a) and 115 penalty minutes in 189 games. LaRose has a season of ECHL experience under his belt after suiting up with the Florida Everblades for 41 games in his rookie season of 2003-04, notching 35 points (16g-19a) and 16 penalty minutes for Florida.

LaRose has also represented his country on the international stage, helping Team USA reach the quarterfinal round in both the 2002 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic and the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia.

Prior to turning pro, the Fraser, Mich. native played major junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he racked up 201 points (111g-90a) and 116 penalty minutes in 152 games and was named the recipient of the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the OHL's overage player of the year in 2002-03. LaRose also skated for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, where he posted 88 points (40g-48a) and 78 penalty minutes in 78 games.