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The Orlando Solar Bears celebrate a 4-3 victory against the Florida Everblades in Game 4 of their ECHL first-round playoff series. The series is tied at 2 games each. (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel)
The Orlando Solar Bears celebrate a 4-3 victory against the Florida Everblades in Game 4 of their ECHL first-round playoff series. The series is tied at 2 games each. (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel) (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel)

An owner of the Orlando Solar Bears has bought 16 acres in Winter Garden just off  the S.R. 429 expressway with plans to develop it into a practice facility for the team, an incubator for hockey and a venue for figure and recreational ice skating.

DeepCreek Partners, owned by Joe Haleski, managing partner, chairman, and governor of the Solar Bears, bought the land, said his business partner Jason Siegel, managing partner, president and alternate governor for the team.

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The building will house two rinks and an activity center. Much like the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, where the Solar Bears currently practice, the Orlando Hockey Center plans to offer youth skating programs in figure skating as well as hockey, and open skating nights with DJs. The owner also plans to open the building to college tournaments and travel programs, Siegel said.

There is no construction schedule yet for the new rinks. The Solar Bears plan to continue practicing at the RDV in Maitland until the new facility is built, Siegel said.

Fast Facts:

Location: Sixteen acres off East Crown Point Road, Winter Garden, northwest of Plant Street and State Road 429

Owner: DeepCreek Partners

Construction Start Date: unknown

End Date: unknown

Project Budget: unknown

Developer: DeepCreek Partners of Orlando

Architect: Baker Barrios

General Contractor: not chosen

Description: Approximately 125,000-square-foot building, two ice rinks and an activity center on 16 acres.

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