Hershey Bears Photos of the Year: 2013

On January 5, 2014, in Photos, by Kyle Mace

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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.

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Boyd Kane Joins Mark French in KHL

On July 3, 2013, in News, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – Boyd Kane, seen here at the Outdoor Classic family skate, will leave Hershey after three straight seasons in a Chocolate and White sweater for the KHL (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

A month after former Bears’ coach Mark French landed a job with the Medvescak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League, it was announced a familiar face will be joining him.

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Washington, DC – Mark French, seen here at the AHL Showcase at Verizon Center, was named head coach of KHL Medveščak Zagreb in Croatia (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Former Bears head coach Mark French has been named head coach of . After five seasons in Hershey, French heads overseas to coach the Zagreb Bears. The Washington Capitals announced in May they will not be renewing his contract for the 2013-14 season.

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Mark French Out as Hershey Bears Head Coach

On May 17, 2013, in News, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth


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After four seasons behind the Bears bench, Mark French will not return as coach for the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made Friday morning by the Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee. The move comes after the Bears failed to win a first round playoff series against the top seeded Providence Bruins, after winning the first two games of the best-of-five series.

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Hershey Bounces Back with win Over Bruins

On March 31, 2013, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Ryan Potulny shoots his game winning goal during Hershey’s 3-2 come back victory over Providence (Tim Stough – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Nine games. That’s all that remains to decide the Hershey Bears playoff fate. Saturday night the Bears pulled off a come from behind victory over one of the best teams in the league, beating the Providence Bruins 3-2 at Giant Center. The victory keeps the Bears in the 8th and final playoff position, just two points ahead of Norfolk.

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Hershey Coughs Up Early Three Goal Lead, Fall 6-4

On March 23, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust


HERSHEY, PA – Boyd Kane skates during warm-ups of the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic. Kane scored his 500th AHL point tonight during Hershey’s 6-4 loss to Manchester (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Saturday night, American Hockey League history was made with Boyd Kane’s 500th career AHL point against the Manchester Monarchs. Kane became the 85th player in league history to reach the milestone. However, the memorable moment was soon spoiled, as Manchester came back to answer Hershey’s early scoring onslaught with a scoring parade of their own. The Monarchs tallied three goals in both the second and third period to down Hershey, 6-4.

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Hershey Bears practice earlier this morning (Photo via our Instagram account)

The Outdoor Classic is just over 24-hours away and Bears players are getting more and more excited as the game draws closer. After getting their first look at the Hersheypark Stadium rink, the Bears gave their thoughts on what the experience will mean to them.

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Tom Poti Returns for First Game in Two Years

On January 13, 2013, in Interview, News, by Kyle Mace


HERSHEY, PA – Washington Capital Tom Poti stands during warm-ups on January 13, 2013 before playing his first game in two years (Tim Stough – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

January 12, 2011. That was the last time Tom Poti was on the ice playing in a hockey game. Poti has had a loitering groin problems and at one point, a fractured pelvis. “It was awesome,” Poti said after Hershey’s 5-0 win against the Connecticut Whale. “It’s good to have some fun again and play some hockey.”

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Worcester Holds Off Bears’ Late Power Surge

On January 6, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust


HERSHEY, PA – Sharks players celebrate their goal in front of goalie Braden Holtby during Hershey’s 2-1 loss to Worcester (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

A night after a deflating loss to the Senators, the Hershey Bears looked to rebound back against the Worcester Sharks. Three weeks ago, the Sharks handed Hershey their only shootout loss of the 2012-13 season to date. Sunday the Bears looked to overcome a two goal deficit in the third period, but fell to the Sharks, 2-1.

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Goal Shortage Continues in Bears Defeat to Phantoms

On November 24, 2012, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust


Corporal Shawn Petterson drops the puck before tonight’s Bears-Phantoms game (Photo courtesy @PhantomsHockey)

It has been no lie the Hershey Bears have been struggling of late in November. The Bears hopped the bus to head north to Adirondack Saturday morning, while being victims of defeat in five of their last six games. The Bears fired 24 shots on net, but the power play was no where close to effective in a 3-1 loss to the Phantoms.

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