Solar Bears add Harrison, Matson

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 acquired forward Zach Harrison from the Alaska Aces in exchange for future considerations and they have agreed to terms with center Taylor Matson.

Harrison skated in 71 regular season with games the Aces last season, notching 34 points (14g-20a). He also tallied 12 points (7g-5a) in 11 postseason contests. In three seasons with Alaska, he skated in 175 games scoring 27 goals and adding 52 assists for 79 points. Harrison helped Alaska collect the Brabham Cup in each of his three seasons with the club.

The Flint, Mich. native played four seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato prior to turning pro. He appeared in 152 games over those four seasons, finishing with 70 points (26g-44a). Harrison was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team following his senior campaign in 2009-10.

Matson was selected in the sixth round (176th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He made his professional debut at the tail end of the 2011-12 season, playing in five regular season and five playoff games for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

Prior to turning pro, Matson played four seasons for the University of Minnesota, including serving as the captain of the team during his senior season in 2011-12. That year, he notched a career high 23 points (8g-15a) while appearing in 43 games. The native of Mound, Minn. played 108 games as a Golden Gopher, scoring 42 points (21g-21a) and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.