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Taylor Thompson joins the show after his Teddy Bear Toss goal! We'll ask him about his quick stint in Europe earlier this season and what it was like to re-join the Solar Bears locker room after the tough start to the season.

Eugene Helfrick from TheHockeyWriters.com jumps on the line as we continue to try and dissect the Tampa Bay Lightning and their inconsistent season thus far. Is it all part of the plan? Are they waiting to...

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The Solar Bears broke a 4 game loss streak with an OT win Monday Night at Amway...but will that be enough to turn fortunes for the club? We'll take a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses so far this season, and what the addition of Blake Kessel does for the leadership of the team.

Are we being patient enough with the Lightning? Are they saving their best efforts for the latter part of the season? If they're not, wha...

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OSB D Alexander Kuqali calls in to be the first "Hat-trick Guest" on Hockey Now. In his third visit, Kuqali breaks down the Solar Bears turnaround after the Everblades losses, and whether the message in the locker room relayed to the ice. Alexander also talks about the recent Orlando Sentinel article about his Mother, Marcia, and her ongoing battles with Cancer, and the support from his Hockey Family through this time.

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The Solar Bears have had some troubles as of late, dropping their last 3 games to the same opponent, the Florida Everblades, which they round out the series of games with on Thursday Night. What is the first step for the Solar Bears? Should we be worried? Is talent enough to win hockey games?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to North America after their trip to Sweden for the NHL Global Series. Eugene Helfrick from thehockeywri...

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Hockey Now is BACK! The Solar Bears had their traditional School Day game, with the largest attendance in Solar Bears History, a game where Tyler Bird picked up his first goal as a Solar Bear. Tyler jumps on a call to talk about his time with the team so far, his NHL Development experience and the Everblades/Solar Bears Rivalry.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in Sweden for the Global Series, a pair of games with the Buffalo Sabres at ...

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Before you listen, quite literally, Nick took over the show in the 2nd half. Sure, we had a great conversation with Solar Bears Head Coach Drake Berehowsky about the upcoming season, the leadership of his veterans and the hardest part of his job, but eventually...Nick took over. We'll share the opening night roster for the Solar Bears, and a friend of the show who missed the cut for the Bears...but eventually...Nick took over.

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We had the opportunity to bring Hockey Now to Orlando Solar Bears Camp at RDV Sportsplex after their Team Scrimmage! Taylor Doherty stopped by first to talk about his first stint with the Solar Bears, and his experience last season in the Czech Republic. Then, new Solar Bear Jake Marchment joined us to talk about his expectations for the coming season, and what kind of insight he got from his cousin, Mason Marchment, a former Solar...
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Our buddy Jackson Playfair stops by as we continue the show from RDV Sportsplex Ice Den after the Solar Bears Team Scrimmage! You really won't believe the summer Jackson had, LITERALLY crisscrossing through the continent on his way to Orlando! Of course, we have to hit Jacky (this will make more sense after you listen) with the 20 Questions - and Nick geeks out about Jackson's Flow. The word "Flow-God" was used.
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The last of 3 parts from our time at RDV with the Solar Bears after their Team Scrimmage! We spend some time getting to know Solar Bears Goaltender Zach Fucale, a former 2nd round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, and the impact Carey Price has had on his game! We'll also hit Zach with the 20 Questions!

Kristin Baier - Director of Marketing and Game Presentation - stops by to talk about some of the promotional nights for the...
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September 26, 2019 61 min
Auston Matthews had an incident occur months ago that has just recently come to light. We all found out about it on Twitter...ALL of us, including Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. We'll recap the story and ask the question...is it a big deal?

The Solar Bears add a former player to the roster, Taylor Doherty, who was with the team for the 2016-17 season! He's a big body at 6'8", and Nick shares an interesting and e...
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Brayden Point signed. What else is there to say!? Lots, actually...and Eugene Helfrick from The Hockey Writers joins us look at the upcoming season for the Lightning! Add Brent Pedersen to the list of players returning to the Solar Bears for the upcoming season. Can you feel the excitement building for the Bears' 19/20 campaign? Bryan can! Also, TSN published their Top 50 players in the NHL - and 2 of the top 11 players...are o...
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Brayden Point is still without contract - even as the Tampa Bay Lightning start their training camp. Is it time to think about...life with out him? Trade? Offer Sheet?

The Solar Bears add a player with a tough-guy pedigree in his Family Tree! We'll take a look at Jake Marchment, who will join the Bears for the 2019/20 campaign.

Alex Ovechkin is under 250 goals away from Wayne Gretzky's all time goal scoring record. Can he r...
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The RFA's are starting to sign, led by Mitch Marner in Toronto. But...$40m+ on 4 players...is it a smart move?! The Bolts are back without Brayden Point while the team attempts to move past the Playoffs Collapse last season. Jack Hughes has already impressed, with 2 goals in his first game! Bryan is uncomfortable by him though.
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September 11, 2019 45 min
Enjoy the full episode of our on-air show from 9/10/19.

(12:16) Kevin Lohan is returning to the Orlando Solar Bears for the 19/20 season, and he returns to our show to check in on his offseason preparation, how he recovered from last season's tough exit in the playoffs and what he believes is the reason the team has such a large number of returning players!

Nick's Rink Report, the RFA Dominos start to fall and Prospect Tourn...
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It's an all-over 50th episode, as we continue to find things to talk about besides the unsigned RFA's. Is Pierre done on National Broadcasts? Bryan thinks we're going to see MORE of him this year! Walt discloses his Patrick Kane/Jonathan Towes dreams in Chicago, while Nick exposes the REAL reason Claude Giroux's Flyers Sweater is one of the best selling sweaters of the year.

Cody Donaghey and Clint Windsor from the ...
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We're getting closer to Training Camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Eugene Helfrick covers the Bolts for TheHockeyWriters.com and helps us figure out what to expect from Nikita Kucherov next season, and what Brayden Point's contract should really be worth. Along those lines, we talk about the still unsigned RFA's and which ones should expect the biggest payday.

The Solar Bears unveiled their new uniform set, and a classi...
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Mike Monfredo, Chris LeBlanc and Cody Donaghey from the Orlando Solar Bears were in town to unveil the new uniform set for the 2019-20 season, and stopped in for the full hour this week! We talk about the abrupt end to last season, the excitement of the returning group of players and the key points of focus for next year.

Childhood favorite teams, music preferences and Nick has to know what Mike Monfredo eats for breakfast.
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The RFA's are finally starting to speak what they're looking for publicly, but is what they're looking for really that crazy? Learn about the Roberto Luongo Recapture Penalty that plagues the Vancouver Canucks Salary Cap situation. Nick loves the trees. Bacon loves the pushups.

And finally...Derick Brassard is a robot. He must be. See if you agree.
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Jackson Playfair will return to the Orlando Solar Bears for the 2019-20 season, as core of the group continues to solidify. Jackson shares his reasons for returning to the Bears and his experience upon arriving in Orlando after his full season in University. We talk about Jackson's dad, Jim Playfair, who has just joined the Edmonton Oilers' coaching staff, and his excitement for the Solar Bears new Assistant Coach, Jared St...

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Have we talked about the RFA's in the NHL all summer long? Yes, too much, probably.

However, the fact remains: Brayden Point, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine and Mikko Rantanen are only a few of several without contract, just weeks out of Training Camp. Are these guys worth the money they want? Where does the skill tier break up amongst these players?

Another core player is returning to the Solar Bears this season, and (we'll at...
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