It’s a week Madison Bowey would like to forget. After spending Christmas back home with his family in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 21-year-old defenseman had issues getting back to Central Pennsylvania with flight issues preventing his return in time for a game against Lehigh Valley on December 26. “Definitely not the way I wanted to start my second half,” said Bowey after Bears practice Wednesday. “I was geared up and ready to go for the Syracuse game, but getting injured there on my third shift was pretty tough.”
Despite wearing kevlar socks and a bunga pad, Syracuse Crunch defenseman Luke Witkowski’s skate sliced the front tendon on Bowey’s left leg in a freak accident. While an injury like that could cause a player to focus more on skate blades, it’s not something Bowey is too worried about. “When I’m playing I’m not thinking about it. I know watching games – past games and games on TV – you notice more skates now and how close they can get to flesh and could cause an injury. But if you’re playing, you can’t really think about it.”
Three hours after the Bears got off the ice at Giant Center in their first practice after winter storm Stella dropped just over a foot of snow on Chocolate Town, the hopped back on with a very special group of kids. The American Special Hockey Association’s York Polar Bears and Hershey Heros teams joined some of the Hershey players for a skate Wednesday afternoon.
In only his second game back at Giant Center since being traded from St. Louis, Pheonix Copley almost had his second career goalie fight. At the end of the game between Hershey and Providence Sunday night, a small scrum broke out in the dying moments. A frustrated Malcolm Subban shoved Bears forward Paul Carey in front of his net, and that’s when Copley sprung from his net to the red line.
While Subban got escorted back to the bench and locker room, the 25-year-old netminder for the Bears dropped his glove and blocker and placed his hand upon his hips, ready to join the donnybrook when need.
Goalie Pheonix Copley was all smiles in his first media scrum since returning to the Hershey Bears.
“I was excited,” Copley recalled about when he was told he would be returning to central PA and the Bears. “I’m familiar with the coaches and the area. The support you get here is awesome, so I was very excited.
“Any time you get traded it’s a shock at first, you don’t always expect it. Once the initial shock wore off, I was excited.”
Pheonix Copley is returning to the Hershey Bears. After getting traded with Troy Brouwer to St. Louis for T.J. Oshie, the 25-year-old netminder has been traded back to Washington along with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in exchange for a first round pick, Zach Sanford, and Brad Malone.
Before Saturday night’s Hershey Bears game, Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer announced the team will hold their second ever outdoor game on January 20, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Next season will mark the team’s 80th in the American Hockey League, as well as five years since the last Outdoor Classic.
Riley Barber’s last major injury was in March 2015. An MCL tear sidelined the winger for the end of his college career. While he had the entire offseason to recover with that injury, his most recent injury, one to his right hand, has placed him out of the line-up mid-season for the first time. “It’s way different,” said Barber. “You’re around the team, but you’re not really a part of it. It’s been hard, but I’m excited to get back.”
A few days ago, I was tweeted a video called “adventurous adventures of the hershey bears ft @kyle_mace” by @tmhjesslyn. While the video was super awesome, it was way too short. So I asked Jesslyn if she could make a longer Bears related video and my goodness did she deliver.
Parker Milner made his first start in Chocolate Town for the Hershey Bears on Saturday night and impressed the 10,456 fans at Giant Center. 29 saves in his second win of the season promises Hershey they will win the week as they take down St. John’s, 5-2.