Solar Bears bolster roster with Gilbert, Keenan

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced that they have agreed to terms with forward David Gilbert and defenseman Mike Keenan.

Gilbert was drafted in the seventh round (209th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Toledo Walleye in scoring last season, finishing with 35 points (17g-18a) in 44 games, and tallied one goal in 10 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Gilbert has played in 54 AHL games with the IceHogs since 2009-10, picking up 13 points (5g-8a). His ECHL experience includes 73 games, all with the Toledo Walleye, totaling 53 points (23g-30a). The Chateauguay, Quebec native played five seasons (2007-11) in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts and Acadie-Bathurst Titan before joining the professional ranks, finishing his major junior career with 156 points (70g-86a) in 209 games. Gilbert played in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2008-09.

Keenan joins the Solar Bears after splitting last season, his first as a pro, between the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Stockton Thunder. In 41 games with the Sound Tigers, Keenan registered six points (3g-32a) to go along with 72 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 games with the Thunder, scoring one goal and adding four assists. Keenan started his professional career at the end of the 2012-13 season, earning an assist and nine penalty minutes in five games with Bridgeport.

A native of Weymouth, Mass., Keenan played four seasons (2009-13) for Dartmouth College and was named the captain of the team for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, becoming only the second player in the 107-year history of Dartmouth to serve as the lone captain in consecutive seasons. Keenan played in 108 games during his collegiate career, finishing with 38 points (9g-29a) and 163 penalty minutes. As a senior in 2012-13, Keenan was named to the ECAC Second All-Star Team.