Struggles for Hershey Continue, Lose 4-1

On February 4, 2012, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

Cody Eakin looks at the ice as he skates off after Hershey’s 4-1 loss. (All photos by Kyle Mace)

After a tough loss in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Bears looked to bounce back against the Connecticut Whale. That was not the case tonight as the Bears could only score one goal tonight, three less than the Whale, who scored four and got the two points in the standings, beating Hershey 4-1.

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Tomas Kundratek Recalled by Washington Capitals

On January 10, 2012, in News, by Kyle Mace

Tomas Kundratek at Outdoor Classic (Photo by Kyle Mace)

As reported by Katie Carrera of the Washington Post and later confirmed by Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times, Tomas Kundratek has been recalled to the Washington Capitals. Kundratek was traded to Washington after he requested a trade from the New York Rangers. In early November, Francois Bouchard was traded for the defenseman who has produced six goals and eight points for Hershey in the past 21 games.
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The Hershey Bears’ Top 11 Moments of 2011

On January 2, 2012, in List, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

Last year we brought you the Top 11 Moments of 2010. This year we are doing the same list, but we got your input on our Facebook and Twitter pages this year. (Which if you do not like/follow, you should.) So without further adieu, here are the Top 11 moments of the 2011 calendar year (in no particular order)…
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Connecticut Whale Drown Hershey Bears, 4-2

On November 29, 2011, in Game Recap, by Kathryn Hedrick

Patrick McNeill and the Bears traveled to Hartford, Connecticut. Photo by Chris Rutsch.

In an unusual Tuesday night game, the Bears traveled up North to face off against the Connecticut Whale. For Francois Bouchard and Tomas Kundratek, it was the first time they would play their former team.

Bourque Bros. Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch

The Bears had a 5-on-3 power play during the first period. The Whale killed off one penalty but Chris Bourque scored shortly afterwards. It was widely advertised that this game would pit the Bourque Brothers against each other with their family in attendance. As Graham Mink called it, it was Bourque Bowl 2011.

Unfortunately, the Whale didn’t take long to tie it up. A 2-on-1 play broke out and Mats Zuccarello beat Braden Holtby. Tie game after twenty minutes.

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Chocolate Fix 11/9/2011

On November 9, 2011, in Chocolate Fix, by Brian Mills

Francois Bouchard. Photo by Kyle Mace.

Okay… so let’s get the big news out of the way. Francois Bouchard was traded for Tomas Kundratek. [SHoE, PennLive, Bears, DFZ, PA Puck, C&W,]

The Old Barn Hockey Show [OBHS]

  • Part 1 – Bears, AHL schedule and the league in general with Frank, Scott, Parks, and Brock (who gets muted and abused).
  • Part 2 – Caps, Flyers, NHL, Bears fans being muted by security and more Brock abuse.
  • Part 3 – Dan ‘Beaker’ Stuck joins via phone with Joel Rechlicz.  Gregg Mace then joins to talk about PSU… and Brock takes more abuse.

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Francois Bouchard Traded to Rangers For Tomas Kundratek

On November 8, 2011, in News, by Kyle Mace

Francois Bouchard Photo by Kyle Mace. Tomas Kundratek photo courtesy Howlings

Since 2008, Francois Bouchard has been on the Hershey Bears. Today, that run ended. Washington Capitals’ Senior Writer Mike Vogel announced that the Capitals traded Bouchard to the Rangers for defenseman Tomas Kundratek via his blog, Dump ‘n’ Chase.

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Photos: Bears Celebrate Halloween in Hershey

On October 31, 2011, in News, Photos, by Kathryn Hedrick

Chris Bourque and Cody Eakin model their Halloween costumes this year.

It’s that time of year again – the time when people are expected to wear a costume and take part in general tomfoolery. When else do you get to see Cody Eakin as Ron Weasley and Chris Bourque as Justin Bieber?

Thanks to the magic of Twitter, we were able to get a look a few of the Hershey Bears’ costumes this Halloween. Hockey players – so like us. After the jump, check out a few other costumes from the Hershey boys.

We wish our readers and a safe and happy Halloween! If you have any hockey-related costumes or pumpkin carvings, leave a comment and let us know!

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Keith Aucoin with is beads for his bracelet (Photo via @CristinaMink on Twitter)

The Hershey Bears wives continue their support of breast cancer awareness, and “Love for Lokomotiv” with three different bracelets. The sale of the bracelets will support breast cancer awareness and the foundation for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team who died in the tragic plane crash the past summer. The rubber bracelets will be on sale during Sunday night’s Bears game and the bracelets made by the players will be auctioned off in a silent auction with bids starting at $25.

If you are unable to make it to the game, please check out Love for Lokomotiv’s website to get your own bracelet. Below the jump includes photos from Kim Bourque (Chris) and Cristina Mink (Graham) that they took through out this past week of the boys making their bracelets and the rubber ones they will be selling.
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Let the games begin!

On October 6, 2011, in Opinion, by Brian Mills

Photo via Hershey Bears Facebook Page

There is a fall chill in the Central PA air.  It’s now October.  The Bears have had training camp and the preseason games are over.  Now comes the anticipation as we await the start of the regular season.  For the team it starts tomorrow, but we won’t see them until October 15th.  Currently, there is a large RV show that has taken over the parking lots of the Giant Center and Hersheypark.  This happens every year and it yet another signal of hockey’s impending return.

The final cuts have been made, and the opening roster is set. But this is the AHL.  The roster won’t be the same for long.  When the Caps lose a player to injury, he is temporarily gone.  Those positions are filled in from the Bears.  As an AHL fan, we know that our guys are different.  Instead of being temporarily gone, they are temporarily here.  There are no long term contracts. We hope for the best for them and that their dreams of making it to the NHL come true.  I kind of equate it to parenting.  We want the best for our boys, but while they are under our roof we demand the best from them.  This is Hershey.  When you look up the rafters in Giant Center you will see the names of the greats and 11 Calder Cup banners.  Division and Conference championship banners are not hung.  The Reese’s advertising in section 211 says it all.  “It’s all about the cup!”.  This is Hershey and you will be held to a higher standard.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at who we will be seeing in Hershey to start the season.

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Chocolate Fix 7/20/2011

On July 20, 2011, in Chocolate Fix, by Brian Mills

Photo by Chris Knight, Patriot News

And now the hockey duldrums continue. Development camp is over. Free-agent deals and trades have slowed down to a crawl. We are left with nothing but a long hot wait until the training camps start. Speaking of development camp, did any of you go? Let us know your thoughts!

Our cohorts over at RMNB had some extensive coverage of development camp. [Orlov, Day 3, Paquette, Final Scrimmage]

Aucoin signs with the Reading Royals. That would be Phil Aucoin. Brother of Keith Aucoin. [ECHL]

Garrett Mitchell is looking for a spot on the Bears roster. [WaPo]

Brett Flemming hopes for the same. [PennLive]

Bears release list of opponents for 2011-2012. Schedule to come in early August. [Bears]

And HBHB defends the unbalanced schedule. [HBHB]

A look at organizational depth [NHL Hot Stove]

A new Bears blog? Guess we will wait and see. [Bern's]

A very well deserved congratulations to Tim Leone of the Patriot News for winning the American Hockey League’s James H. Ellery Memorial Award for outstanding media coverage of the AHL. [PennLive]

The comings and goings:

Graham Mink is back for his third season in Hershey. He won Calder Cups in his last two seasons here. No pressure, Minker. ;) [Bears, PennLive, Frozen Notes]

Welcome Jacob Micflikier and welcome back Daren Machesney. [Bears]

More on Machesney from Stack the Pads including video. [STP, More Cheez]

Francois Bouchard will be back in a Bears sweater. [PennLive]

Hershey Bears Hockey Blog offers up his summary of the roster moves. [HBHB]