The Hershey Bears and Washington Capitals have announced an affiliation extension through the 2019-20 season.
“I think it’s good considering the coaching staff is under contract for a couple more years,” Bears head coach Troy Mann said. “I think it has been a great fit for both organizations. A lot of winning has been done here since 2005-06. It’s important to the community, important to the fan base to know that the NHL team is going to be here long term. I think once Bryan [Helmer] became the VP, one of the things he talked about was doing a longer extension.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.