Our Coverage from the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic

On January 26, 2013, in Outdoor Classic, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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HERSHEY, PA – A sign that reads “Entering where it all began…OUTSIDE” is displayed outside the Hershey Bear locker room (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The 2013 Outdoor Classic was an event that will be talked about for years to come. Here on Sweetest Hockey, we covered the game like there was no tomorrow. Because of all of the post we did, you might have missed one or two. That being said, we decided to give you a one stop spot to check out all that you might have missed.

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Your Three Words to Describe the Outdoor Classic

On January 22, 2013, in Opinion, Outdoor Classic, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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HERSHEY, PA – Philipp Grubauer walks out for the start of the second period of the Outdoor Classic (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

24-hours after the Outdoor Classic finished, we asked you on our Twitter to describe the game with three words. You guys had some really descriptive adjectives! Let’s take a look…

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Some may have seen a Tweet from myself yesterday that read, “Fireworks in a snow globe? Hint, it’s possible.” Well, the wait is over and experience last night’s post-game fireworks display in full 1080p high definition. Thanks to a fisheye lens, we were able to capture this great video.

Mike Green Drops Puck at Outdoor Classic

On January 21, 2013, in Interview, Outdoor Classic, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Mike Green speaks with Dimity Orlov at the Outdoor Classic (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Over five years after playing his last game for the Hershey Bears, Mike Green returned to Chocolate Town to drop the ceremonial first puck at the Outdoor Classic. The Calgary native played 108 games in a Bears sweater, with 40 of them in the playoffs.

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2013 AHL Outdoor Classic: Pre-game Photos

On January 21, 2013, in Outdoor Classic, Photos, by Tim Stough

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HERSHEY, PA – One of the few “pucks” placed on the field of HersheyPark Stadium. (Tim Stough – Sweetest Hockey On Earth)

Here’s a bunch of photos from the pre-game festivities of the Outdoor Classic. Enjoy the lighter side of yesterday’s game.

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A Wilkes-Barre View on the Outdoor Game

On January 21, 2013, in Guest Post, Outdoor Classic, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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HERSHEY, PA – A large sign with the Outdoor Classic Logo sits inside the Hershey Bears locker room (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

This is a guest post from Jason Iacona, a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blogger. You can read his blog, Chrips from Center Ice, and follow him on twitter @nafsnep

A surreal feeling was felt walking out of Hersheypark Stadium after nearly three hours of sitting in the cold and wind.

One of the oldest and most storied AHL teams, with a rabid fanbase and trophies to back it up were walking out of Hersheypark Stadium in a stunned silence.

Moments before, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins forward Paul Thompson took an outlet pass from defenseman Joey Mormina, skated in and wristed the puck over the glove of Bears goaltender Dany Sabourin to win AHL Game #593 2-1 in overtime.

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2013 AHL Outdoor Classic: The Photos

On January 21, 2013, in Outdoor Classic, Photos, by Kyle Mace


HERSHEY, PA – Bears players skate around during warm-ups of the 2013 Outdoor Classic (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Last night, the Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins faced off at Hersheypark Stadium for the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic. Like last season, we have many photos for your enjoyment today. First off, 80+ of my photos from the game.

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Tomas Kundratek Recalled by the Washington Capitals

On January 21, 2013, in News, by Kyle Mace


HERSHEY, PA – Tomas Kundratek speaks to the media after the 2013 Outdoor Classic (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

One night after scoring Hershey’s lone goal in the Outdoor Classic, Tomas Kundratek has been recalled by the Washington Capitals. The 23-year old defenseman has has one eventful week after being named to the 2013 AHL All-Star game, scoring Hershey’s goal last night, and now the recall.

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HERSHEY, PA – Bears players look on after they lose in OT to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2013 Outdoor Classic (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

It was a grand setting at Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday evening. Starting with a flurry of fireworks as the sun set on Central Pennsylvania, the Bears took on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL Outdoor Classic. Despite the freezing cold, 17,311 packed the old stadium to see one of the league’s greatest rivalries get taken to another level. Frankly, I wish I had gotten my butt up there. Unfortunately for the Bears, though, it didn’t end in a victory.

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The Outdoor Classic is hours away and the Bears locker room is getting ready for tonight’s match between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Bears. Justin Kullman and his crew are prepping the very small locker room for the game. Stay tuned throughout the day for more stories from us here on the site.

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