Rankin back with Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Kyle Rankin for the 2018-19 season.

Rankin, 25, is coming off his second pro season and his first with Orlando, in which he totaled eight points (2g-6a) and 51 penalty minutes in 59 games while employed primarily in a checking forward role. He also showcased his versatility during the month of February, when he was used as a defenseman due to a shortage of available players. Rankin’s impact was felt off the ice as well, as he was named the team’s 2017-18 recipient of the Rob Kenny Memorial Award for his efforts within the Central Florida community. In nine playoff contests, Rankin added two assists and two penalty minutes.

In 133 career pro games with Orlando, Elmira and Brampton, Rankin has recorded 31 points (8g-23a) and 112 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the Kanata, Ontario native played college hockey for Princeton University, logging 31 points (10g-21a) and 44 penalty minutes in 117 games for the Tigers program. Rankin also played one season of junior hockey with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, where he tallied 34 points (16g-18a) and 48 penalty minutes in 58 games.