Berehowsky receives key to the city

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Ken Carpenter / Valencia Voice

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer presents the key to the city to new Orlando Solar Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky today at City Hall.

Orlando,FLA— The Orlando Solar Bears officially announced their new head coach this afternoon at a press conference held in the Orlando’s City Hall. Drake Berehowsky was named the head coach on Tuesday when he was chosen over five other coaching candidates.

The 40-year-old Berehowsky was introduced by Mayor Buddy Dyer where he was presented a key to the city and had today’s date of July 27th named Drake Berehowsky day in Orlando in his honor.

Berehowsky, a former 16 year NHL and international league veteran was the tenth pick overall in 1990 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He appeared in 549 NHL games as a defensemen and accumulated 37 goals and 112 assists.

“Orlando, the front office, and myself are committed to winning not only the ECHL’s Kelly Cup but as well as the Stanley Cup in the future,” said Berehowsky.

The Solar Bears are one of four expansion teams that will begin ECHL play in the 2012-13 season and just because they are a new team doesn’t mean the new head coach doesn’t have high expectations.

“My goal is to win the whole thing. If I don’t have that goal in mind then I’m failing the players,” said Berehowsky.