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Monday night in Washington, D.C. will be a homecoming for Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. The 58-year-old Toronto native made hockey in the nation’s capitol fun again, reviving the Washington Capitals after many slumping seasons.

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Mark French Out as Hershey Bears Head Coach

On May 17, 2013, in News, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth


Photo by Kyle Mace

After four seasons behind the Bears bench, Mark French will not return as coach for the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made Friday morning by the Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee. The move comes after the Bears failed to win a first round playoff series against the top seeded Providence Bruins, after winning the first two games of the best-of-five series.

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It was the 2010 World Juniors Championship when former Hershey Bears‘ defensemen John Carlson stunned the Canadian Nation with an overtime game-winning goal in the gold medal game. Five months later, Carlson helped the Bears to their 11th Calder Cup before riding off to the National Hockey League.

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Before the Hershey – Derry Township Historical Society’s dinner “A Night at the Old Barn” I had the chance to sit down with broadcasting legend Mike “Doc” Emrick in a one-on-one interview. Doc was asked to be the keynote speaker for the dinner and very humbly accepted. Earlier in his broadcasting career, Doc worked for the AHL’s Maine Mariners and had broadcast games at the Hersheypark Arena. Later he was hired as the play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Flyers. During his time with the Flyers (and later with the New Jersey Devils) Doc and his wife were residents of Hershey. It was during that time that he used to attend games in the Old Barn as his time would allow.
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Chocolate Fix 11/30/2011

On November 30, 2011, in Chocolate Fix, by Kathryn Hedrick

Boudreau during his days as Bears coach. Photo by Michael Fernandez /The Patriot-News.

First, the elephant in the room: Bruce Boudreau was fired from the Washington Capitals. Dale Hunter takes over the head coach duties. [RMNB, DSP, Japer's Rink]

Some of the Bears react to Bruce’s firing. [PennLive]

As usual, The Old Barn Hockey Show. [OBHS]

  • Part 1 – The guys and John Walton discuss the firing of Bruce Boudreau
  • Part 2 – Tim Leone joins the group to discuss the Bears and more on Boudreau.

Today is last day of November which means you still have time to donate to Hershey’s Movember team! [SHoE]

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Dmitry Orlov Plays First Career NHL Game

On November 22, 2011, in News, by Kathryn Hedrick

Dmitry Orlov during warm-ups. Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images.

Almost three weeks after Cody Eakin made his NHL debut, Dmitry Orlov donned the Washington Capitals jersey for his first career NHL game. Fresh off of a three-point night, Orlov was called up Sunday morning, much to the excitement of Caps and Bears fans everywhere.

Eakin was excited to see his Hershey teammate in Washington. Before the game, he spoke to the media about how he was impressed with Orlov’s style of play. Speaking of Cody, he scored his second NHL goal during Orlov’s debut.

Photo by Greg Fiume.

Much has been made of Orlov’s talents and the fans in Washington were antsy to see just what he could do.

Overall, he did a solid job and the Caps beat the Coyotes, 4-3. In just under twelve minutes of ice time, he was credited with zero shots on goal, three hits, and an even rating. The only down side came during a Phoenix goal late in the game. Orlov lost the puck between his feet and the rebound was picked up by a Coyote. It was an unfortunate bounce, not too much he could have done.

Coach Bruce Boudreau was impressed with the Russian phenom. After the game, he sang his praises, saying that he “looked very composed” and “played it smart.”

With one game down, the Capitals organization remains excited to see this young gun develop.

Hershey Falls Apart Late and Lose Second Straight

On November 13, 2011, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

Chris Bourque looks on as the Bears drop another game. (All photos by Kyle Mace)

There was no media in Mark French’s post game press conference tonight. It was that kind of game. Hershey came out strong, but didn’t finish that way. The Bears and Sound Tigers were tied 2-2 heading into the third, but Braden Holtby let in two goals as Hershey went on to lose, 4-3.
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Cody Eakin Impresses During First NHL Game

On November 2, 2011, in News, by Kathryn Hedrick


Eakin skates during his first NHL game. Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images.

November 1st, 2011 will always been a special day for Cody Eakin – it was the day of his first NHL game.

Luckily for him, it is a great game to look back on. After getting into a three goal deficit, the Capitals made a late comeback to win 5-4 in overtime.

While Eakin didn’t register any points, he had three major scoring opportunities including a chance at a game-tying goal. He was also credited with one hit and one blocked shot. Many people, including Coach Bruce Boudreau, were impressed with the way he handled himself, not showing many signs of nerves or jitters.

Eakin's first shift. Photo by Capitals Overtime

The announcement was made Monday morning that Eakin had been recalled by the Capitals. It was an unexpected call that he received while he was in a movie theater. He told Mike Vogel before the game that he did finish the movie before making the trip to Washington. (For the record, he liked the storyline of the movie.)

It was a nice vote of confidence from the coaches when he started the game on a line with Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin. By the end of the game, Eakin racked up over thirteen minutes of ice time, more than Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault.

It’s a big milestone for the 20-year-old to put under his belt. So far, he is definitely making the most of his time with the parent club.