We are five days into the new year, but we still have sometime to look back on 2013. Today, I took 26 of my favorite shots from the year and looked back on them. Above, probably my favorite photo from the year; Tom Wilson celebrating his first professional goal. The image captures Wilson’s excitement of getting the goal at a professional level for the first time, plus the excitement of the Bears faithful as Wilson scored the goal ahead goal in Game 4 of the first round series between Hershey and the Providence Bruins.
Two weeks ago tonight, we held our second ever Hershey Bears viewing party over at the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown. We had some very special silent auction and raffle items and a special guest!
The Hershey Bears entered Saturday with only one win out of four attempts this season against the Binghamton Senators. Philipp Grubauer faced the Senators in his first career AHL game back on October 21, and fell 2-1 in overtime. Looking for his first career win against the Senators, Grubauer yielded three, but topped Bingo 4-3.
It’s getting closer. With the start of the regular season less than a week away, the Hershey Bears play the second of their three pre-season games Saturday night at Giant Center. And although the results don’t count in the standing, the Bears dropped their second straight to Wilkes-Barre Scranton, 2-1.
Photo by Chris Gordon of RMNB
Washington Capitals Development Camp is the talk of the week. It runs through Saturday and if you have time you should go check it out. Two days of camp are done and day three is in progress. Our cohorts over at RMNB have been attending the camp. They have coverage of what’s happened thus far. [Day 1 pics, Day 2 pics]
Camp concludes with a scrimmage on Saturday. After the scrimmage join the guys from RMNB at The Front Page Arlington for RMNB Party 3.5. [RMNB]
Cody Eakin is looking to cracking the Caps roster out of development camp…again. He came close last year. [PennLive]
And so is Dmitry Orlov. [WaPo]
ESPN takes a look at the goalie situation in the Washington organization including Braden Holtby. [ESPN]
The Caps signed Christian Hanson. He’s the son of Dave Hanson of the movie “Slapshot”. [WaPo] (Author’s note: I kind of hope that he gets a shot with the Caps and gets to play Nashville. I’m wondering if there would be any “Chris Hanson: To Catch a Nashville Predator” signs. Yes I heard that collective groan. Yes I know the spelling of the last name is different, but it’s my blog post. )
Welcome back Patrick Wellar and welcome to new Bear Julien Brouillette. [LDN]
If he can’t make it in the Caps lineup, Danick Paquette, wants to be a big part of the Bears. [CSN Wash]
In this age of salary caps and free agency, maybe a tattoo of your favorite player isn’t the best idea. [WaPo]
And in the latest former Bear news…
Brian Willsie signed with Montreal. [PennLive]
Mile High Hockey takes a look at the Avs newest goalie, Semyon Varlomov. [MHH]
Dean Arsene gets a 2 way deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Since Portland is their AHL affiliate, we may see Deano back in Chocolate Town this season. [MHJ]