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Newell joins Solar Bears

Thursday, July 27th
Action photo of Patrick Newell

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears announced they have agreed to terms with forward Patrick Newell on a contract for the 2023-24 season. 

Newell, 27, enters his sixth professional season and first in the ECHL. The Thousand Oaks, California native has previously appeared in 87 games over three American Hockey League seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack from 2019-2021, scoring 27 points (11g-16a).

Newell has played the last two seasons of his career overseas, scoring 51 points (21g-30a) in 42 games with Stjernen Hockey (Norway) during the 2021-22 season and 21 points (7g-17a) split between Södertälje SK (HockeyAllswenskan) and Fehérvár AV19 (ICEHL) this past season. 

Newell enjoyed a decorated college and junior career, playing four seasons at St. Cloud State University from 2015-19. In 145 games, Newell recorded 120 points (38g-82a). During his 2018-19 season, Newell was the NCHC scoring champion, NCHC First team all-star, NCHC all-tournament team, NCAA First All-American Team, NCHC Sportsmanship award and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for the nation’s top collegiate player. 

While playing junior hockey, Newell won championships in the British Colombia Hockey League in 2014-15 season with the Penticton Vees and United States Hockey League in 2013-14 with the Indiana Ice.  

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