Just over one year after the Bears released their pump-up/promotional video “NO REST,” the Bears have dropped a new video. This commercial video is entitled “We Will ROAR” which includes awesome video from some of the best moments of the 75 years of Hershey Bears hockey. Some of the players you might recognize in the video include Mitch Lamoureux, Doug Gibson, Glen Seabrooke, Bob Bilodeau, Bryan Helmer, and many more. I don’t think you can watch this video and not be proud of how amazing of an organization we get to follow and watch.
In the past four seasons, Bryan Helmer won two Calder Cups, became the AHL all-time leading scorer amongst defensemen, and played his 1,000th regular-season AHL game. To top it off, he won the 2010-2011 Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award and was named this season’s Captain of the Oklahoma City Barons.
The former Bears Captain was nice enough to catch up with Sweetest Hockey on Earth and talk about his experience as a key member of the Hershey team, his many career achievements, and life and hockey in Oklahoma.
Recently, I spoke with Andrew Rodger, writer for The Voice of Sport and friend of the blog. Over the past few years, Andrew has spoken on several occasions with former Bear, Bryan Helmer. I mentioned to him that I thought Helmer was always such a good sport about taking the various ceremonial face-offs, often involving Hershey or ZooAmerica mascots. When I watched them, I couldn’t help but laugh and wonder what was going through the heads of the players taking the face-off.
Much to my surprise, Andrew asked Helmer this very question for me and the former captain was only too kind to answer:
“You can tell Kathryn that it’s pretty funny when you look up and see that the person dropping the puck is a crazy looking mascot. Then you have to control your laughter and take the picture and then the draw. It’s a lot of fun, and a fun part of being the captain. Please pass on a message to Kathryn for me, tell her I say hi and to say hello to all the fans that she knows in Hershey.”
So there you have it! An answer and a shout out to Hershey fans! Lucky for Helmer, I know plenty of Hershey fans.
If you are looking for more interviews with the beloved captain who took his team to back-to-back Calder Cup Championships, be sure to check out The Voice of Sport and follow Andrew on Twitter at @ARodgerTVOS.
The wait is finally over: the 2011-2012 AHL Schedule is out! We’ll have more on the Hershey’s schedule coming soon. [AHL.com]
The Patriot-News examines a couple key dates in the new season. [PennLive]
With Chris Bourque returning to the organization, he has a chance to rack up even more points with the Bears. [PA Puck]
Stack the Pads checks in with former Bear Jared DeMichiel. [PennLive]
Dinger Family Zoo takes a quick look at what Jacob Micflikier brings to the Bears. [DFZ]
Former Captain Brian Helmer still has a lot he wants to accomplish this season with the OKC Barons. [TVOS]
Speaking of former Bears, Josh Godfrey has signed with defending champs, the Binghamton Senators. [AHL.com]
Doug Yingst announced that players will report in to Hershey on September 25th. We’re almost back to hockey! [PennLive]
Photo by Jason Behnken of The Tampa Tribune
Last week I told you that I would switch to covering the Caps in their playoff run. It seems that this might be the last edition for that as well. They are down three games to none in the series against Tampa Bay with game four coming up tonight.
Our comrades at RMNB also talk about what might happen with Bruce Boudreau in the event of another Caps playoff exit. [RMNB]
What the Caps need is… Bryan Helmer [OFB]
Braden Holtby shares his thoughts on watching the game from the press box. [OFB]
Cody Eakin was named the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series MVP [WHL]
Hopefully next week I will be able to recount the Caps amazing comeback which was led in part by some former Bears…
As we enter the last week of the season, the Bears have a lock on where they will be in the playoffs. We are looking forward to the Bears playing hockey well into the warm weather and maybe bringing you a SHoE surprise or two. Playoff tickets are now on sale, so what are you waiting for?
Frank and Brock anchor the Barn this week. [OBHS]
- Part 1: John Walton joins on the phone to talk about the Bears down the stretch.
- Part 2: Should the Bears enter the ice through a cave? What do you think? Other ‘improvements’ are also discussed.
- Part 3: The guys make predictions on the end of season awards.
Derek Meluzio gives us a Charles Dickens hockey story. [PennLive]
The Dinger Family Zoo has a March wrap-up. [DFZ]
Andrew Carroll has found a place with the Bears. [PennLive]
Kyle Greentree gets to 30 goals for the season. [Bears]
Bears clinch 2nd in playoffs. [PennLive]
Even with limited action Keith Aucoin still made the AHL Second All-Star Team. [AHL]
Former Bear Bryan Helmer earns award “as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.” [AHL]
It’s officially April. We all know that means it’s almost time for playoffs, but first we have to wrap up the final five games of the season. And it would be pretty nice for the Bears to lock up second place in the East Division.
Step one? Take down the Norfolk Admirals.
As far as first periods go, tonight’s was a pretty nice one. Well, except for the whole two 5-on-3s. It seemed as if the Bears were only capable of being penalized in pairs. Nevertheless, the penalty kill unit did it’s job and held off the Norfolk power play. Despite the penalties and Norfolk leading in shots, the Bears were the ones leading after twenty minutes.
The first goal came from Andrew Gordon. Right after killing the first power play, Gordon had a pretty shot with no one between him and goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Francois Bouchard followed that with a goal of his own. Perhaps not appreciating his recent demotion to the fourth line, he took his assist from Andrew Kozek and didn’t miss. Dmitry Orlov also got an assist on that goal.
The second twenty minutes started off just as nice. Sheldon Souray, who returned to the line-up for the first time since getting injured back in mid-March, was making his presence known all night. Early in the second period, he demonstrated his NHL talent as he danced around a Norfolk defender and unleashed the a big shot on Tokarski. 3-0 Bears.
Braden Holtby was called on to make a save on a penalty shot. He was ready but perhaps shooter Stefano Giliati wasn’t as his shot appeared to miss the goal. After that, it take Hershey long to get goal #4. After closing in on the Norfolk crease, Mathieu Perreault‘s shot deflected off on Norfolk’s Radko Gudas and past an unsuspecting Tokarski.
Finally fed up, the Admirals responded with a goal of their own. Holtby might have been screened but nevertheless, his shutout bid was gone. For Norfolk, the ninth time was a charm. With Andrew Carroll in the box and the Admirals on their ninth power play, they finally figured out how to work the man advantage and got another goal back to make it 4-2 after two periods.
The third period saw a Hershey power play early on. For once, it was the Bears with the 5-on-3 power play. It took a couple of shots but Keith Aucoin finally put one away to increase Hershey’s lead. Bouchard appeared to score again but it was waved off because of a penalty to the Bears. It wouldn’t be just one penalty, it would be two. Yes, another 5-on-3. No sweat, Hershey killed it. Again.
However, Souray was sent to the box late in the period and Norfolk did score then. Steve Pinizzotto made sure that it didn’t matter though and topped off the game with an empty net goal.
I would like to give a standing ovation to our penalty kill unit. To face thirteen penalties and only allow two goals is phenomenal. I don’t think I need to tell you that this would have been an entirely different game if they hadn’t played so well. Thanks to them, Bears win 6-3.
In the long run, this game could prove important in helping Hershey mentally. They have had issues battling the Admirals, especially with Tokarski in goal. Tonight they proved that they are capable of big games. I can’t imagine Norfolk will make it an easy game when these teams battle again tomorrow.
Sorry, but this was just too funny not to include again. Photo by Brian Mills
The Bears are still dealing with the injury bug and a busy few weeks. We are also coming up on the trade deadline, so conversation will pick up this week. Until then, here is what has been happening.
Derek Meluzio talks to Jared DeMichiel about his first win and Valentine’s Day. [PennLive]
Tim Leone caught up with Josh Godfrey and asked about his most recent call up to Hershey. [PennLive]
Want to know more about the behind the scenes audio and video production? Aaron Henry tells us about it. [PennLive]
Former Bear, Bryan Helmer, played in his 1000th AHL game recently. Congratulations, Bryan!! [NHL.com]
Also in the minor news that you may not have seen department… Dmitri Orlov arrives in Hershey. [RMNB]
Orlov signed a PTO contract with Hershey, but is not on the trip to Toronto. [PennLive]
Don Scott has a nice piece on Ray Allison and his time with Hershey. [LDN]
Andrew Joudrey is cleared to return to the lineup, Fahey practiced and should be on the trip to Toronto. [PennLive]
GM over at the Hershey Bears Hockey blog has the current state of the Bears. [HBH Blog]
You can’t win ‘em all. Although, when you’re playing the struggling Rochester Americans, you tend to think you can win it.
It looked like it was going to be really bad at first. By the end of the first period, the Bears were already down 2-0. Rochester scored once on the power play and once even strength to make it look like a rough night for Hershey. It didn’t help when the Amerks scored in the beginning of the next period on a rebound shot past Todd Ford.
At the end of this recap, you’ll find the lines and pairings, as usual. However, those lines didn’t last very long. By the end of the second period, the coaches were already doing some shuffling in order to combat the Amerks early lead.
With the Amerks up 3 goals to none and Boyd Kane going to the penalty box for two minutes, things started looking grim. Thankfully, the Bears refused to give us and started putting some pressure on Rochester, even while down a man. Zach Miskovic unleashed a big shot that Johann Kroll tipped along the way and the Bears ended Tyler Plante’s shutout with a short-handed goal. That is Kroll’s first goal and point of the season.
Things really got exciting when Jay Beagle brought the Bears within one goal of tying it. He approached the goal at an angle that was rapidly getting tighter and tighter. He had such a quick backhand shot that it was hard to tell he even shot at all until you saw the slow motion replay. Plante was just as fooled and suddenly it was 3-2 Rochester.
It was like the Bears got a second wind. They start skating faster and harder and Rochester responded by matching their pace. The two teams battled it out for the rest of the period but Hershey couldn’t complete the comeback. They came very close but had their shots blocked. They even hit iron a couple of times. Amerks win 3-2.
The Bears will be at home for the remainder of the weekend. Make sure you come out and cheer the team back to its winning ways.
Photo courtesy of JustSports Photography
Braden Holtby was just recalled by the Caps. [PennLive]
Falls-Church News Press talks about Caps prospects in the 2011 World Junior Championship. [FCNP]
Braden Holtby was named Player of the Month for the Bears in December. [Facebook]
Keeping with the mid-season reviews, “Chirps from Center Ice” offers up the East Division report card. Spoiler alert… The Bears score an A-. [Chirps]
Patrick Wellar lost 4 teeth in a game last weekend. In typical hockey player fashion, he’s ready to play again. [PennLive]
Dany Sabourin was a nominee to be AHL Player of the week, but lost to a very deserving former Bear, Bryan Helmer. Helmer had three goals and three assists during the week. Oh… he also because the AHL’s all time leader in points by a defenseman. Congrats, Bryan! [The AHL]
CSN Washington talked to Jay Beagle about his current time with the parent club. [CSN Washington]
Speaking of CSN Washington, they are on the list of televisions outlets where you will be able to watch the AHL All-Star Classic LIVE! Check out the full list on the AHL website. [The AHL]
If you plan on watching the AHL All-Star Classic on TV, you will get to hear the play-by-play call of Mike “Doc” Emrick. [Hershey Bears]
Planning on attending the game this Saturday? Consider donating your old mobile phone to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. For your donation you will get a discount coupon for the Hershey Sports stores. [Hershey Bears]