Larson joins 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 forward Nick Larson.

Larson was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and started last season with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers where he scored six points (4g-2a) and added 20 penalty minutes in 17 games. He totaled six points (3g-3a) and 30 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Stockton Thunder before finishing the season with nine points (7g-2a) and 45 penalty minutes in 23 games for the South Carolina Stingrays. Larson made his professional debut with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, the Apple Valley, Minn. native skated four seasons (2009-13) for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, helping the team to a CCHA Championship in 2012-13. Larson appeared in 152 games with Notre Dame during his collegiate career, scoring 47 points (25g-22a) and picking up 194 penalty minutes. He skated two seasons (2007-09) in the USHL for the Waterloo Black Hawks and played in the USHL All-Star Game in 2008-09. That season, Larson was seventh in the USHL with 144 penalty minutes while also finishing sixth on his team with 19 goals and seventh with 36 points in 51 games.