Two time Calder Cup champion Keith Aucion is heading overseas. The leading scorer for the Chocolate and White during the 2009-10 campaign has signed a deal with Ambrì-Piotta of the NLA in Switzerland. After spending 13 seasons between the AHL and NHL, Aucion will play in Europe for the first time in his career.
Former Bears head coach Mark french was named head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen Thursday afternoon (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth, file)
Mark French, the man who lead the Hershey Bears to the best season in team history, is back in North America. French was recently named head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
The Hershey Bears team leader is coming back next season. On Friday. the Bears re-signed Captain Dane Byers for the 2014-15 season. Byers scored 15 goals, recorded 22 assists and lead the team in penalty minutes with 211. Byers played in his 500th AHL game on February 28th.
After just one season in Hershey, Head Coach Mike Haviland is taking a new career path. Haviland has left Hershey to become the new Head Coach of Colorado College. “I’m excited, I really am,” said Haviland in a phone interview. “The opportunity to work with one of the top programs in all of college hockey and the chance to work with a school that’s committed to excellence in academics and in hockey. They are a school that’s committed to winning a national championship. It’s a opportunity that I couldn’t pass down.”
The “Mayor of Hershey” Dean Arsene has announced his retirement. Via Heat Central, Arsene announced his retirement late Wednesday night. “You don’t want anybody telling you you can’t play because nobody wants you,” Arsene told the Abbotsford News. “I kind of knew physically and mentally that it was coming down to the wire, it was coming down to the end. To end at home was the best way for me to go out.”
We are four days into voting for our first ever SHOEY Awards and all races are still really close, especially the social media awards. There are three categories that fall under the social media awards: Tweet of the Year, Tweeter of the Year, and Social Media Champion. Three, it’s a magic number. Will that magic wear off on some of our nominees?
As the 2014 season has come to a close, us here at Sweetest Hockey on Earth came up with a new idea. As the Bears hold their awards each season, we decided to hold our own awards, but for things you might not think would normally get awards. We have come up with eight categories for you fans to vote on.
Saturday night was the final night in the Hershey Bears season after being eliminated from playoff contention Friday night. With other Bears players banged up, Joel Rechlicz got back into the line up for his first game since March 23rd. And as Rechlicz skated with linemate Chris Brown for the final game of the season, the “Recker” did something he hasn’t done since December 18th, 2011: score.