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Countdown to Capitals Rookie Camp: 60-69

We’ve made it this far… only 7 days until the start of Rookie Camp. Hockey really is almost here again! Continuing with our countdown of our choices for the most prolific sweater number by the tens, today we examine 60-69 – and proclaim the most prolific of the lot. Digit selection will be based upon a […]

Arivaderchi, Nygel Pelletier! Remembering the AHL’s worst Ref

It’s July, and I’m struggling.  I miss hockey…a lot.  Sure, the New Jersey Devils and their contract hilarity have helped, as has the recent emergence of Douchegate, but it’s still not real hockey.  There aren’t any meaningful games (that you don’t already know the outcome of) on television.  There aren’t any recaps online.  It’s just […]

Development Camp interview with Hershey Bears Head Coach Mark French

As the final moments of the Washington Capitals Development Camp came to a close, I was able to sit down with Mark French, the Hershey Bears’ head coach. French quickly progressed in his tenure in Hershey, from being named assistant in January of 2008 to head coach in 2009 after Bob Woods’ promotion to DC. […]

Development Camp interview with Stefan Della Rovere

Late in the week at Development camp we had a chance to speak with Stefan Della Rovere, the Washington Capitals seventh round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (selected 204th overall). A year after being drafted by the Caps, in addition to signing a three-year entry-level contract Delly also won a Gold Medal with the […]

Washington Dev Camp – Thoughts from Day 5

The morning drills of Day 5 were pretty standard, as hockey drills go. Four on Fours, half-ice scrimmage, shoot- out/breakaway drills. Cameron Burt is as advertised – everything he does is done fast – yet he has some sort of precision that a lot of fast guys usually seem to lack. It’ll be interesting to […]

An appeal to Doug Yingst regarding Bryan Helmer

[Ed. Note: Yesterday the Capitals/Bears signed both left wing Kyle Greentree and defenseman Brian Fahey to two-way contracts. Although both are proven players (Greentree scoring 121 points in 143 games over the last two seasons, and Fahey’s 2008 Calder Cup championship) there is still room, and a need, for a veteran presence to assist in […]

The Greater Gordon?

The 2009-2010 season was comparably different for the Capitals organization’s two Gordons.  Boyd Gordon had a difficult year, struggling with back problems and found himself in only 36 regular season games for the Washington Capitals, and tallying only 10 points.  Meanwhile, down in Hershey, Andrew Gordon was having a career best season, playing in all […]

Kyle Wilson signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets

As the next casualty of free agency, Hershey Bears center Kyle Wilson signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets early this afternoon (along with a cadre of other Bears stalwarts).  Good for him, but painful for Bears fans.  I’m not sure Wilson would have ever been able to crack Washington’s line-up with all the talent both […]

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Which of the Hershey Bears will find a place on the Capitals roster?

Last week the always-cryptic General Manager of the Washington Capitals, George McPhee, stated that “3 or 4 players here [in Hershey] are going to be on our team [the Capitals] next year.” So who are those 3 or 4?  Of course, it’s assumed that Karlznerson will be rocking the red.  You may also consider Michal […]

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Pictures from the Hershey Bears’ Calder Cup celebration!

Tuesday night was a good-bye of sorts for Hershey Bears’ fans.  About 5,000 people filtered in to Giant Center one last time before summer break to show their appreciation for all of the accomplishments of this year’s Hershey Bears Team.  The Calder Cup Celebration has become an expected event for fans like myself, who have […]

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Hershey Bears celebrate their AHL record 11th Calder Cup championship

Monday night the Hershey Bears extended their dominance over the AHL, winning their second straight Calder Cup championship – and 11th in franchise history. Giant Center was loud, the boys from Chocolatetown played hard, and their end-of-game celebration was well deserved. Much like RMNB, I wanted to share the pictures of my experience with the […]

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Taking a trip to Texas to see the Hershey Bears

I am very fortunate to have a best friend that is willing to drop everything and Road-trip for anything hockey-related.  She’s always game for a trip to DC to see the Caps, go to convention, hit up development camp, or travel a few hours to a Bears’ away game.  She was also willing to fly […]

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Way to go, Austin Statesman!

I love reading the newspapers of opposing foes in Calder Cup finals.  1) it gives me a deep appreciation for the coverage the Bears’ get in the Washington and Hershey areas, and 2) I enjoy laughing at blatant mistakes made by copy editors that don’t care about AHL, and do it to get up to […]

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Bear-ly Alive: Hershey heads to Texas down 2-0

This past week saw the Hershey Bears suit up against the Texas Stars for the first two games of the AHL’s Calder Cup finals at Giant Center, and walk away with nothing to show for it. Both losses in Chocolatetown were decided by 1 goal (Thursday’s final score was 2-1, Saturday’s was 4-3), and were […]

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