This might have been the hit of the year, and only one player was involved. On Saturday night against Hartford, the Bears were absolutely dominating the Wolf Pack the first half of the matchup (shots were 23-4 in favor of the Bears at one point). That didn’t stop Hartford from playing a physical game. Or at least trying to play a physical game.
Late in the first period, Aaron Ness was going for a puck on the end boards as Hartford forward Matt Carey skated in for a big hit on Ness. Seeing Carey coming, one of Hershey’s best skaters stopped short, letting Carey skate full speed directly into the boards.
In millennial terms, Ness yeet’d Carey.
— Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) March 19, 2017
When I went to Bears practice, I was just planning on watching and getting a few quotes for a story we’ll be publishing Thursday. What ended up happening was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at a Bears practice.
At the end of the day’s skate, Troy Mann split the team into two squads: Black and White jerseys. Each team member took one shot on goal, trying to win bragging rights (and the chance to miss out on the forever popular suicide skate), for their team. At the end of each player shooting, the score was tied 3-3, meaning they head to overtime.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Hershey Bears visited Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital for their annual Christmas craft day. Bears players Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, Liam O’Brien, Zach Sanford, Tyler Lewington, and Aaron Ness helped some patients make some picture frames and sign some autographs for them.
For the first time since 2010, the Hershey Bears are back in the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face one of the best teams to come through the AHL since the 2010 Hershey Bears team, the Toronto Marlies. This season’s Marlies team finished with 114 points and a 54-16-5-1 record. The teams only faced each other twice this season, each winning in the other team’s building.
With both teams coming off of a series that went the distance, we could be in for another long match-up between these two division winners.
There were a lot of hugs and smiling faces after Travis Boyd scored his series-winning OT goal against Wilkes-Barre Sunday night. But there was not a better celebration than Aaron Ness‘ on the bench right after the roof came off of Giant Center.
The Washington Capitals have recalled Aaron Ness from Hershey the club announced Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old defenseman had nine points in 21 games for Hershey this season, spending time on the first power play unit the last few games.
Ness was named 2008 Minnesota Mr. Hockey, and award given to the top senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota. He has been one of Hershey’s best defensemen to start the season, playing in 21 of Hershey’s 22 games, and losing a tooth in the process.
The Washington Capitals made six cuts from their training camp roster Monday morning, setting up their final roster of 24 players. Included on that opening night roster are seven players who played with Hershey last season. Stan Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, Chris Brown, Nate Schmidt, Andre Burakovsky and Dmitry Orlov. Burakovsky and Orlov played only small stints with Hershey last year. Both Galiev and Grubauer make the opening night roster for the first time in their careers.
Each season the Hershey Bears see a good number of new faces joining the team. Some of these guys become so popular that fans will buy their jerseys or t-shirts throughout the season. A big part of those jerseys are the numbers. So what numbers will the newest Bears wear? That’s what we want to know!!