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.

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Welcome back, Zach.

On May 20, 2011, in News, Opinion, by Brian Mills

The Hershey Bears in conjunction with the Washington Capitals announced yesterday that defenseman Zach Miskovic has been signed to a one year contract.  Here’s the official announcement:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2011
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CAPITALS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN ZACH MISKOVIC TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

RIVER FOREST, IL NATIVE TO RETURN FOR THIRD SEASON IN ORGANIZATION AFTER CAREER HIGH IN GOALS IN 2010-11

HERSHEY – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today in conjunction with the NHL’s Washington Capitals that defenseman Zach Miskovic has been signed to a contract for 2011-12. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.

Miskovic, 26, enjoyed a career-high seven goals and accumulated 16 points in 58 games this year for HERSHEY, his second pro season. A four-year letter-winner out of St. Lawrence University, Miskovic led all NCAA defensemen in goals during his senior season with the Saints. He originally signed with Washington in July of 2009, and has played in 11 career Calder Cup playoff games. His career-best seventh goal of the season came on February 6 vs. Manitoba.

The BEARS will open the 2011-12 season this October, with the AHL schedule of games due for release in early August. Season Ticket plans for 2011-12 are on sale now at (717) 508-BEAR.

I am glad to see him back.  I think that he has been developing nicely as a defenseman over the last 2 years.  He had a career high 7 goals last season.  That’s a good thing.  On the down side, his overall points dropped.  In 2009-2010 he was 5G 20A for 26 point.  For the 2010-2011 season he had 7G  9A totaling 16 points.  In each of those years he was also a solid +18 and +12 respectively.  For 2010-2011 only Brian Fahey, Sean Collins and Lawrence Nycholat were ahead of Miskovic in the +/- category.  Where I think Misky needs to work is in the playoffs.

Playoff Stats

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2011 Calder Cup Playoffs Hershey Bears 5 0 0 0 -1 8
2010 Calder Cup Playoffs Hershey Bears 6 1 1 2 -2 0
total 11 1 1 2 -3 8

It looks bad, right?  Obviously the +/- rating for a defenseman in the playoffs needs to come up.  In 2010 he didn’t get into too many games.  The 2011 playoff race was cut short.  While neither are a great excuse, there is a positive hidden in these stats.  He didn’t play in too many game in the 2010 campaign, but he had 1G 1A for 2 points.  Still wondering how this is good?  In 2010 there were only 3 d-men on the team with a better point per game average.  Two of them played full time in the NHL this year.  I’m sure I didn’t need to tell you that those two are John Carlson and Karl Alzner.  The third was Patrick McNeill.  Pretty good company to be a part of in my opinion.  The 2011 playoffs weren’t quite as kind to Zach, but he was roughly in the middle of the pack for the D-corps.

Hopefully Zach will continue on his development track, have a few less injuries and maybe get a call up or two next season.  I am looking forward to seeing him back in the chocolate and white.  With this being his third year here, I have a feeling that he will be called upon to become a leader on the blueline.  I think that he has it in him as well as the potential to be a good quality defenseman.

The Hershey Bears’ Top 11 Moments of 2010

On January 1, 2011, in List, by Ian Oland

Now that 2010 has officially come a close, we here at SHOE thought we would present our Top 11 Hershey Bear moments of the 2010 calandar year. Why eleven? Well… think about it.

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Bears Finally Defeat Penguins with 1-0 Shutout Win

On December 30, 2010, in Game Recap, by Kathryn Hedrick

The Bears were looking for their first win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and boy, did they get a big one.

When this game started, I’m sure everyone involved was anticipating an exciting, action-packed game. After all, the game was being played at Consol Energy Center, where the Pittsburgh Penguins normally play.They sort of got that. I’ll be honest, I thought the first two periods were kind of boring. There were a couple big hits made and both goalies made some stellar saves. But, overall, it didn’t have all the goals and excitement that people expected to see from these rivals.

The first truly exciting moment came when the Bears were on the power play at the very end of the second period. The puck was shot towards the net and it was deflected past Brad Thiessen. The goal was awarded to Keith Aucoin (who was playing his first game since being sent down from Washington), but it looked like a Penguin may have deflected into his own goal.

The third period was when things started heating up. The Bears had to protect a one-goal lead and the Penguins were running on all cylinders and making some amazing offensive plays. There were many close calls in the third period that had all the Hershey fans holding their breath. The Penguins, desperate to not get shut out on such a large stage, were dangerous. But Hershey stepped up to the challenge, even managing to kill of a few poorly timed penalties.

Braden Holtby was the number one star of the game, stopping all 25 shots that he saw. He was able to make clutch saves and shut out the hated rivals in front of the 13,567 fans inside the Consol Energy Center.The Bears set a nice standard for the Capitals to follow when they step out onto Heinz Field on January 1st. Go get ‘em.

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Finding the Missing Pieces

On October 5, 2010, in Opinion, by Kathryn Hedrick

If you want to follow the AHL, the first thing you must learn is how high the turnover rate for each team is. No matter how prepared you may feel to handle losing several players, the first off-season is an eye-opener. Between trades, free agency, and call-ups, you can barely get used to a player being around before he’s gone. This season is no exception.

We lost several key players and their roles can not go unfilled. In this post, I’ll take a look at the big guys we lost and the prospects I think will fill their shoes.

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