Former Vernon Vipers captain-forward Mike Ullrich has been named this week's East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Player of the week.
Ullrich is in his first season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears.
Ullrich was invited to a pro tryout with the American Hockey League (AHL) St. John's IceCaps in September before being released on September 30th 2013 returning to Orlando. On November 15th 2013 the American Hockey League (AHL) Manchester Monarchs signed Ullrich to a professional tryout agreement before being released after just three games.
Ullrich played for three different teams last season (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton) before signing with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears on July, 1st 2013.
Ullrich become an unrestricted free agent over the off season after the ownership group of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Trenton Titans pulled the franchise out of the ECHL. According to a statement from the ECHL, all Titans players signed to ECHL contracts, except those owed as future considerations, are unrestricted free agents.
Ullrich started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays after signing a contract over the summer. Ullrich left the Stingrays before signing with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Tulsa Oilers on November, 7th 2012. The Stingrays suspended Ullrich after leaving the club but then took Ullrich off suspension before trading the rights of Ullrich to the ECHL Trenton Titans for future considerations on January, 18th 2013. In five games with the Stingrays Ullrich collected 1 goal & 4 assists. The Oilers then suspended and then deleted Ullrich from the clubs roster on January, 17th 2013 after Ullrich left the Oilers for the ECHL Trenton Titans. In 29 games with the Oilers Ullrich collected (7-12-19). In 26 games last year with Trenton Ullrich collected (15-14-29).
Ullrich played parts of two years in Vernon (2005-2007) Ullrich left the Vipers during the 2005-06 season before returning to Vernon the following season after a short stint with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 103 games with the Vipers Ullrich collected (39-92-131).
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Ullrich named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week
January 7, 2014
Ullrich scored three goals, had four assists and was a +5 last week as the Solar Bears went 3-0-1.
The 27-year-old had one goal in a 4-3 win against Florida on Monday, added an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to Utah on Thursday, notched three points (2g-1a) in a 6-5 victory over Utah on Friday and recorded two assists in a 4-3 win against the Grizzlies on Sunday.
A native of Banff, Alberta, Ullrich is second on the Solar Bears with 26 points (8g-18a) in 29 games this season. He has added one goal in three games with Manchester of the American Hockey League.
Ullrich has 66 points (25g-41a) in 71 career ECHL games with Orlando, Trenton, South Carolina and Pensacola.
On behalf of Mike Ullrich, a case of pucks will be donated to an Orlando youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 29,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.
Runners Up: Jack Combs, Cincinnati (3 gp, 4g, 2a, 6 pts.), Kyle Kraemer, Ontario (4 gp, 5g, 1a, 6 pts.) and Trevor Parkes, Toledo (4 gp, 3g, 5a, 8 pts.)
Also Nominated: Andrew Carroll (Bakersfield), Peter Sakaris (Evansville), Brandon Marino (Fort Wayne), Dirk Southern (Gwinnett), Brett Robinson (Idaho), Yannick Veilleux (Kalamazoo), Sean Wiles (Reading), Peter Boyd (South Carolina), Mathieu Aubin (Utah) and Jack MacLellan (Wheeling).