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Solar Bears re-sign Brodzinski

Thursday, September 1st
Action photo of Michael Brodzinski of the Orlando Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Brodzinski on a contract for the 2022-23 season. 

Brodzinski enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his pro career in 2021-22, as the defenseman tallied a career-high 42 points (7g-35a) in 68 games for the Solar Bears, and skated in three contests with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. 

The 2022-23 season will represent Brodzinski’s fourth overall season with the Solar Bears. In his tenure with the club, he has laid claim to several individual franchise player records, including most career points by a defenseman (115), most career assists (91 – tied), most career power-play points (41) and most career power-play assists (33). Brodzinski holds the club record for most points in a single game with six (1g-5a; Dec.21, 2019 at Atlanta) and the fastest two goals scored at 24 seconds (Feb. 15, 2020 vs. Norfolk). Brodzinski represented the Solar Bears at the 2020 Warrior / ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kansas. 

The 27-year-old has accumulated 125 points (27g-98a) in 218 career ECHL games with Orlando and Allen, and he has also collected 10 points (2g-8a) in 64 AHL games with Hartford and San Jose. Brodzinski has also played overseas with Slovakian club HC Slovan Bratislava, where he produced nine points (3g-6a) in 21 games. 

Prior to turning pro, the native of Ham Lake, Minnesota played college hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he generated 48 points (18g-30a) in 99 career games for the Golden Gophers program. 

Brodzinski played junior hockey for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, appearing in 64 career games and registering 34 points (16g-18a). During the 2012-13 season, Brodzinski was named a USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game selection and led all defensemen on the junior circuit with 16 goals, earning USHL All-Rookie Team and USHL Second All-Star Team honors. 

Brodzinski was a fifth-round selection (141st overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

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