Beyond The Benches

Solar Bears Sign Keenan, Gilbert For 2014-15 Season

The Orlando Solar Bears announced on Tuesday that they have signed defenseman Mike Keenan and forward David Gilbert. The two players will join the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2014-15 season.

Keenan spent last season playing with the Stockton Thunder and the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During 41 games with the Sound Tigers, the defenseman put up three goals, three assists and 72 penalty minutes. Keenan first played professionally with the Sound Tigers at the end of the 2012-13 season, appearing in five games and tallying one assist and nine penalty minutes. With the Thunder, Keenan put up one goal and four assists in 11 games.

Prior to playing professionally, Keenan spent four seasons with Dartmouth College, getting named captain for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In 108 games with Dartmouth, Keenan put up 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) and spent 163 minutes in the penalty box. During his senior year, the defenseman was selected to be on the ECAC Second All-Star Team.

Gilbert, a 2009 NHL seventh round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, was first in scoring on the Toledo Walleye for the 2013-14 season with 17 goals and 18 assists in 44 games. The forward played one game with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs last season, putting up one goal in 10 appearances. Since 2009, Gilbert has appeared in 54 games with the IceHogs, tallying 13 points (five goals, eight assists). With the Toledo Walleye, Gilbert has 23 goals and 30 assists within 73 games.



Mariah Scafidi is an aspiring sports and entertainment reporter, studying at UMass Amherst. Mariah lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her family and is an avid Boston Bruins fan and Torey Krug enthusiast. She can be reached on twitter @ryescaf.