If you look around at any Hershey Bears game, you’ll notice a very strong base of female fans. In fact, 50% of fans in the stands are female. Wednesday night at Giant Center 100% of the fans were female for a first time event, “Hockey + Heels.” It was an interactive learning experience for 200 women, all of whom are Bears fans.
There was a whole new look in the Old Barn on the opening day of Hershey Bears training camp. A new coach, new players and even a new ceiling in the Hersheypark Arena. Some of Mike Haviland’s new players had never been in the building, but it’s where the Bears will practice this week before the first pre-season game Friday night against Utica at Giant Center
Last night at the Hershey Bears family skate at the Outdoor Rink inside Hersheypark Stadium, Doug Yingst gathered around the Bears and spoke to them. This wasn’t about the angles of the stadium or how the lighting will look for the outdoor game, this was about one of their teammates. Tomas Kundratek learned he was named to the 2013 AHL All-Star game in Providence.
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.
It was only appropriate, that on the 75th anniversary of the first home game in Hershey Bears history, that the first ever Hershey Bears Hall of Fame class was enshrined. Seven men were honored for their accomplishments as players, coaches. builders and a game official.
After weeks of speculation, the August 29th Season Ticket Holder Event has come and past and we have some very cool new logos, jerseys, and a mascot to look at. Wednesday night the Chocolate and White actually went back to chocolate and white, dropping the maroon “Swiping Bear” and bringing in the new Roaring Bear. Along the new logo, the Bears also announced much, much more.
Keith Aucoin celebrates goal with the Caps. Photo hijacked from our sister blog, RMNB.
Happy Leap Day! Hopefully the Bears can use this extra day of the year to get a much needed win over division leading Norfolk. As always, you can follow our tweets of the action on Twitter. As for what happened this week, well there isn’t much to brag about. The Bears lost to Rochester, Lake Erie, and Norfolk. They now sit in 3rd place in the East Division a full 8 points behind Norfolk. They do have one game in hand against Norfolk. Since the playoffs this year are determined by conference standings (with the 3 division leaders automatically in) we should look at the conference as well. Currently, the Bears are in 5th place. Norfolk leads the conference and the Bears are 9 points ahead of the 9th place team. There’s still a lot of hockey to be played and the Bears have room to move either way. Hopefully it’s up. Look for more about the standings and AHL Clear Day in the coming days.
Now on to this week’s highlights.
Jersey to be worn by the Bears this weekend for “Chocolate Covered February”
It was another eventful week here in Chocolatetown. Last Thursday we saw a trade that bid farewell to Danny Richmond (and the Richmond Factor) as well as Matt Ford. In turn, we welcomed Mike Carmen and Kevin Marshall. We also saw the AHL points leader, Keith Aucoin, get a call to Washington on the same day. The following day saw Carmen and Marshall suit to to play in Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a favorable result. The struggle for Hershey continued on Saturday, but Sunday the sun was shinning as the boys finally broke the baby Pens winning streak in Giant Center.
Photo credit: Mitchell Layton (and hijacked from our sister blog RMNB)
I’d rather not talk about this past weekend, but there were 3 games. Here are recaps from Friday, Saturday and Sunday all resulting in no points. The only good things to come out of this past week was an announcement that the All-Star Classic would be on TV and the Bears continued their tradition of reading in schools.
Keith Aucoin voted a starter at this year’s All-Star Game. [The AHL]
This isn’t the kind of season Zach Miskovic hoped he would have, but he is still making the best of it. [PennLive]
The Old Barn hockey show had Jim Jones, John Walton and Doug Yingst join them this week. [OBHS]
Tomas Kundratek has been a nomad this season. [CSNWash]
Speaking of Kundratek, he’s back in Hershey. [Caps]
And playing in the NHL was a dream come true. [PennLive]