The Hershey Bears are back on TV with five regular season games on abc27. The Bears announced today the schedule of the games on abc27.2 RTV. Four road games and one home game make up abc27′s schedule. The voice of the Bears, Scott Stuccio, will be joined by abc27 sports director, Gregg Mace, to call the action.
Many are familiar with the popular song lyrics, “Anything you can do I can do better”. Thursday Braden Holtby was given an off day leading to Dany Sabourin’s first start in 20 days. A night after Holtby posted a 33 save shutout against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Sabourin answered with a stellar performance of his own. He stopped 26 of 27 shots en route to a 4-1 victory over the Pens.
Season ticket holders standing in line for ticket to the Outdoor Classic. Photo from the Hershey Bears facebook page.
Hello Bears fans. It’s another week gone by in the off-season with just a few items of note. Tickets went on sale for the Outdoor Classic for season ticket holders. There were early lines at the Giant Center box office. A glitch with Ticketmaster gave fans looking to purchase tickets online problems for about half an hour after they went on sale. Here are the links to those stories and more.
Former Bear Freddy Cassivi has been one of the organizers for the alumni. He shared his thoughts on the event with Tim Leone. [PennLive]
Season ticket holder Joe Colaniro doesn’t like the outdoor logo. What do you think of it? [LDN]
A look at the first day of limited ticket availability sales and the cost of the tickets. [PennLive]
Yesterday the Bears announced their 6 guaranteed home game dates for 2012-13. [Bears]
Scott Stuccio continues with his Top 10 countdown with #6 featuring Braden Holtby. [Bears]
Leone also wrote that the Capitals have announced dates for their Development Camp and issued qualifying offers to resericted free agents Mike Carman and Kevin Marshall. [PennLive]
Goodbye Chris Bourque. Photo by Kyle Mace.
Just a couple quick notes for Chocolate Fix this week.
Chris Bourque was traded by the Caps to Boston in exchange for C Zach Hamill. [Bears]
Dany Sabourin signs a one year extension. [Bears]
How about a nice picture of Coco since I didn’t have many other bright spots to feature. Photo by Kyle Mace.
The Bears didn’t close out the last of their home games on an up beat, but in a couple weeks it will be a brand new season… playoff season. It started with a loss on Friday night versus the baby Pens on their home ice. Saturday night at home ended with another loss. They were able to salvage one point in a shootout. Sunday night was Team Awards Night. That was really the only bright spot of the weekend as Sunday ended with yet another loss. The playoffs are right around the corner and this is not the time to go on a losing streak. The Bears need healthy players now, or this may be a short post season.
A little luck never hurt anyone. St. Patrick’s Day jerseys from Saturday. Photo by Kyle Mace.
The Bears have followed up a lackluster weekend with one where they grabbed three wins and all six available points in the standings. It started with a Friday night win at home over Adirondack. Saturday brought Albany to town and another win. Then both teams traveled to Albany for the back end of the home-and-home series where the Bears picked up the final win of the weekend.
Tonight the Bears will be looking to avenge the losses in St. John’s by welcoming the Ice Caps to the Giant Center for the first time. It’s also Hersheypark pass night, so be prepared for a big crowd even though it is a Wednesday game. You can check out the pre-game from Tim Leone.
This past Sunday, the Bears aired the first of six road games, thanks to abc27. Many fans were vocal about their excitement to see their team on the road and it all kicked off a great win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The next game that will be aired is the January 14th showdown against the Binghamton Senators.
After the jump, get a glimpse of what it’s like behind the scenes of one of the television game productions and see how much work goes into one broadcast.
abc27 will be televising tonight’s game in Bridgeport as the Bears face off against the Sound Tigers at 3pm EST. This is the first of six away games they will be airing on their digital channel this season.
Everybody loves Teddy Bear Toss Night! Well, maybe not the Portland Pirates. After scoring only one goal, the Bears trounced the Pirates with seven unanswered goals. The first goal of the night went to Graham Mink, who started the comeback and triggered the shower of stuffed animals from over 10,000 fans watching at Giant Center. After cleaning up and counting all the Bears, a new record of 10,090 stuffed animals will be donated to the Hershey Medical Center. After the jump, see Kyle’s photos that document the occasion.