Monday, September 1, 2014

Solar Bears Add Former Vernon Viper Captain Ullrich To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

On June 16th 2014 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Orlando Solar Bears have eighteen players listed on their season-ending roster list, one is former Vernon Vipers forward & captain Mike Ullrich.

Ullrich will be entering his second season in Orlando after the Solar Bears re-signed Ullrich on June 17th 2014.  Ullrich collected (10-goals-25-assists-35-points) in 42 games last season with the Solar Bears. Ullrich become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 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 signed as a free-agent with the Solar Bears on July, 1st 2013.

Ullrich also spent time in the American Hockey League last season playing with St. Johns, Manchester & Iowa. Ullrich was invited to a pro tryout with the AHL St. John's IceCaps in September before being released on September 30th 2013 returning to Orlando. Ullrich signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL Manchester Monarchs on November 15th 2013 before being released after playing in three games returned to Orlando before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the AHL Iowa Wild. After picking up two assists in 9 games with the Wild Ullrich was released on March 14th 2014 finishing the season with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears.

Ullrich played for three different teams during the 2012-13 season (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton). Ullrich started the 2012-13 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-goals-12-assists-19-points). In 26 games with Trenton Ullrich collected (15-goals-14-assists-29-points).

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-goals-92-assists-131-points).

Mike Ullrich's Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters

June 16, 2014

The ECHL on Monday announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its Member Teams.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

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