Saturday, April 25, 2015

Solar Bears Trade Former Vipers Captain Ullrich:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears
have traded former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Mike Ullrich to the Stockton Thunder.

Ullrich was in his second season in Orlando after playing with three teams during the 2012-13 season.   (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton).  Ullrich a free-agent signed with Orlando on July 1st 2013 before re-signing with the Solar Bears on June 17th 2014. Ullrich collected (10-goals-25-assists-35-points) in 42 games last season with the Solar Bears while picking up (9-goals-23-assists-32-points) in 37 games this season with Orlando.  Ullrich also spent time in the American Hockey League last season playing with Manchester & Iowa as well as a try-out with St. Johns.  Since the trade Ullrich has yet to play a game with the Thunder.

Since 2007-08 Ullrich has played in three leagues with seven different teams.  Pensacola, Tulsa, Orlando, South Carolina, Trenton, Manchester & Iowa.  In 228 semi-pro games Ullrich has collected (73-goals-85-assists-193-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).

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This was posted on the Thunder website:

Thunder Announce Roster Moves

Wednesday, 02.04.15

By admin

Jack MacLellan and Peter Sivak head to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while the Thunder also acquire Mike Ullrich for future considerations from the Orlando Solar Bears

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, owned by the Calgary Flames and proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, announces forward Jack MacLellan receives his first call to the AHL this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Joining him in Bridgeport is teammate Peter Sivak, who receives another call-up to the Sound Tigers. The Thunder also acquire the Orlando Solar Bears second leading scorer Mike Ullrich for future considerations.

MacLellan, 26, is in his first season as a member of the Stockton Thunder and currently leads the team with 35 points, 10 of which came as goals. The former Brown University captain has played in 36 contests this season, missing 7 games with an injury. He heads to Bridgeport on a pro tryout contract.

For MacLellan, this is his first AHL call since signing with the Nashville Predators organization in 2012. The centerman played for Nashville’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, in 2012-13, spending 35 games with the Admirals.
Ullrich, 28, is in his fifth professional season having spent time the past two years with the Orlando Solar Bears. Last season, the Banff, Alberta native played in 42 games scoring 10 goals and adding 25 assists while also spending 12 combined games with the Manchester Monarchs and Iowa Wild of the AHL.

This season, Ulrich has nearly matched this mark having played 37 games with Orlando, having scored 9 goals and 23 assists for a team second best 32 points.

After finishing his junior career in the BCHL, Ulrich played 11 games with the ECHL’s Pensacola Ice Pilots before heading to college in Canada. Ullrich played three seasons at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology before turning back to the pro game with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Before he landed in Orlando, Ullrich also had brief stints with the South Carolina Stingrays, Trenton Titans and another short stay with the Oilers in the CHL.

Sivak, 32, is in his third season in North America and first with the Stockton Thunder. In 29 games played, Sivak has scored 10 goals and added 16 assists. He receives another call to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, whom he’s played a total of 5 games for, scoring 1 goal.

The Thunder take on the Alaska Aces this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Anchorage. Thunder fans can watch the games on ECHL.TV or listen to the games live on Spreaker and iHeartRadio. Fans can also watch the game for free at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, the Thunder’s official home away from home.

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