Solar Bears Add Rookie Defenseman Jake Parenteau
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that they have acquired the rights to F Brett Findlay from the Alaska Aces in exchange for future considerations and they have agreed to terms with D Jake Parenteau.
Findlay (6-0, 189 lbs.) agreed to terms with the Toronto Marlies earlier this summer. He started last season with the San Francisco Bulls before joining the Alaska Aces, where he finished third on the team with 54 points on 22 goals and 32 assists. Findlay notched three goals to go along with 11 assists in 19 playoff contests with the Aces last season, helping the team capture the Kelly Cup. He made his professional debut with San Francisco at the end of the 2012-13 season, earning three assists in six regular season games and adding two assists in five post-season contests. His professional playoff experience also includes 11 playoff games (2G, 4A) with the Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL) in 2011-12. (Photo credit: Skip Hickey)
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Findlay played three seasons (2010-13) in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds and Peterborough Petes, totaling 146 points (59G, 87A) in 193 games. In 2012-13 with Peterborough, the Echo Bay, ON, native led the team with 27 assists and 46 points and finished tied for first on the team with 19 goals.
Parenteau (5-10, 196 lbs.) is set to start his rookie campaign after completing a four-year career (2010-14) at the University of Minnesota. In 113 NCAA games, he posted 22 points on four goals and 18 assists. A native of Shafer, MN, Parenteau was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2012-13. Before joining Minnesota, Parenteau played two seasons (2008-10) for the Alaska Avalanche (NAHL), netting 26 goals and 42 assists to go along with 143 PIM in 102 games. He led all NAHL defensemen in goals during both of his seasons with Alaska, and in 2009-10 he led all defensemen with 47 points and was named to the NAHL First All-Star Team.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, he played two seasons (2007-09) with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL), posting 43 points (7G, 36A) and 222 PIM in 107 games. He finished fifth among USHL defensemen in points (39) and eighth among defensemen in PIM (129) in 2008-09.
The Solar Bears have agreed to terms with the following players for the 2014-15 season:
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