Chocolate Hockey Announces Partnership with Old Barn Hockey Show

On September 23, 2016, in News, by Chocolate Hockey


Chocolate Hockey and the Old Barn Hockey Show are happy to announce a new partnership between the two. Starting on Monday, October 3rd, the ninth season of the Old Barn will kick off with a new co-host: our own Kyle Mace. Kyle joins Frank Schofield, Brock Kerchner, senior executive producer Art Selby, and JD Mathers, the son of the late Bears President and GM, Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Mathers.

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Welcome to the first ever Friday Mailbag on Chocolate Hockey. This is going to be a weekly Q&A section for you the fans to ask questions about the Bears. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the questions:

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Former Bears president and general manager Doug Yingst has been names Lebanon Valley College’s new director of corporate relations and athletic giving.

“There has always been a passion for LVC, not only for myself, but also my family,” Yingst said in a press release. “It truly is a rewarding feeling to have the opportunity to work at such an outstanding College. I can only hope my employment will have a significant and positive impact.”

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An emotional Bryan Helmer, on the same day as his seventeenth wedding anniversary, was introduced as the new head man of the Hershey Bears Hockey Club. Helmer, 44, becomes the first ever former Bears player, captain, and coach to take over the franchise, as he follows the path laid out by another former defenseman, Frank Mathers.

“Now I get to call Hershey home,” Helmer said. “I have stability with this job where I don’t have to move every one to two years. My family is excited. They get to stay in one spot.

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Hershey Bears UFC 2: Liam O’Brien vs. Jakub Vrana

On July 14, 2016, in Video, by Kyle Mace

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During the regular season, we began our Hershey Bears video game series with Bears forward Jakub Vrana taking on Jonas Siegenthaler in a game of FIFA 16. Now, only weeks away from UFC 202, featuring a rematch of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, we have decided it’s now a perfect time to feature another match-up from that day. Vrana takes on Liam O’Brien in UFC 2. Vrana will fight out of the blue corner as Nate Diaz, as O’Brien fights out of the red as The Notorious Conor McGregor.

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New Alignment, Rules Coming to AHL in 2016-17

On July 7, 2016, in News, by Kyle Mace

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The AHL Board of Governors has approved a new alignment for the league in the 2016-17 season as the league’s annual meeting has concluded.

With the movement of Portland to Springfield and Springfield to Tucson, Arizona, the AHL’s Eastern Conference will feature one less team for the upcoming season. 14 teams will call the East their home, while 16 teams will call the Western Conference their home. Hershey will stay in the Atlantic Division, along with Bridgeport, Hartford, Lehigh Valley, Providence, Springfield, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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Zach Sill Re-Signs with Washington on a Two-Year Deal

On June 30, 2016, in News, by Chocolate Hockey

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One of Hershey’s biggest pieces on and off the ice from the 2015-16 season, Zach Sill is returning for another two seasons. Sill, 28, agreed to terms with Washington on a two-year, two-way contract for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

The Bears alternate captain had 22 points (9-13-22) in 63 games with the Hershey this past season. In 21 playoff games, Sill posted a line of 6-4-10, including big shorthanded goals in both Wilkes-Barre and Toronto series.

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Monday marked the first day of 2016 Washington Capitals Developmental Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Only 16 days after the Hershey Bears season came to an end, four members of the Calder Cup Runner-Up team participated in the Camp. Travis Boyd, Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, and Tyler Lewington took part in a day of drills and classes.

Below the jump are photos from the first day of the camp.

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Carter Camper: 2015-16 Season in Review

On June 21, 2016, in News, Season in Review, by Matt Bachota

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Carter Camper came into the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs as an odd-man-out. After struggling to keep his spot in the lineup in January and February, a nine-game playoff point streak erased all doubt Hershey fans had in the 5-foot-9 forward.

After scoring in six of seven playoff games against Wilkes-Barre, Camper’s playoff heroics shined 9:09 into overtime of game two of the Eastern Conference Finals. As the puck bounced all over the ice in overtime, there was one bounce that put the Marlies in a 2-0 series hole. Luckily for Hershey, that puck bounced right onto Camper’s stick to send the Bears to Toronto with a major series lead.

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There is a side to hockey where statistics are not a strong representation of a player’s contribution. The stay-at-home defenseman and avid penalty killer would certainly agree. Ask 27-year-old blueliner Erik Burgdoerfer. Affectionately known at “Burgy” to his teammates, he completed the 2015-16 campaign with six goals and 14 assists. In 21 postseason games, Burgdoerfer added an additional four helpers.

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