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Hershey Ice Palace 1932 amateur hockey program
The 1932–33 Hershey B'ars at the Ice Palace, Hershey's first pro hockey team (Tri-State Hockey League)
Newspaper clipping of The Philadelphia Record on June 29, 1938, covering the admission for the Hershey Bears
Hershey Hockey Club program and guide (1938–39)
Arnie Kullman (1948–60)
From left to right: Don Cherry, Frank Mathers, and Mike Nykoluk. All joined the Bears in the 1950s
Bears locker room at HersheyPark Arena
HersheyPark Arena
Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall was the AHL Rookie of the Year as a Bear in 1985–86.
The Bears playing against the Norfolk Admirals during the 2009 preseason
Coco with a special St. Patrick's Day jersey

The Hershey Bears are a professional ice hockey team based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a town located 14 miles east of the state capital of Harrisburg.

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American Hockey League

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Professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL).

Professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL).

American Hockey League logo
The alternate logo of the AHL.
American Hockey League 50th anniversary logo
An AHL record crowd of 45,653 watched the Adirondack Phantoms defeat the Hershey Bears, 4–3 in OT, at the 2012 AHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The new I-AHL also added an eighth franchise at the 1938 meeting to fill the void in its membership left by the loss of Buffalo two years earlier with the admission of the then two-time defending Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL) champion Hershey Bears.

Rochester Americans

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Owned and operated affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

Owned and operated affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

Original logo of the Americans
Ryan Miller with the Americans in 2005
Americans alumni in an on-ice ceremony before the 2011 home opener
A faceoff during an Americans game in 2016.

The Americans are the fourth oldest franchise in the AHL, and have the second longest continuous tenure among AHL teams in their current locations after the Hershey Bears.

Capitals defenseman Darren Veitch chasing Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque in 1980.

Washington Capitals

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Owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, headed by Ted Leonsis.

Owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, headed by Ted Leonsis.

Capitals defenseman Darren Veitch chasing Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque in 1980.
Drafted in 1978, Mike Gartner helped the Capitals become a playoff contender in the 1980s.
First Lady Nancy Reagan shooting a puck against Washington goaltender Pete Peeters while attending a Capitals-Flyers game in 1988.
The Capitals moved into what is now Capital One Arena in 1997.
Kolzig was among Washington's best players between the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Winger Alexander Semin shown here in 2007.
Alexander Semin and Alexander Ovechkin celebrate following a goal in 2007.
Nicklas Backstrom scored 101 points in 2009–10, finishing 4th in league scoring.
The Capitals celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby taking the ceremonial puck drop before the 2011 Winter Classic.
Joel Ward scored the overtime series-winning-goal in game seven against a heavily-favored Boston Bruins, in the 2012 playoffs.
The Capitals hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.
Ovechkin with the Stanley Cup at the National Mall, following the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.
The play of defenseman John Carlson, shown here wearing the Capitals red throwback uniform, has been a key part of the Capitals' success during the Ovechkin era.
Goalie Braden Holtby (2010-2020) was a key part of the Capitals' 2018 Cup run.
Original logo used by the Capitals (1974–1995).
Ovechkin wearing the white throwback uniform during the 2011 Winter Classic.
The current alternate logo used by the Capitals, introduced in 2007.
Barry Trotz at the Capitals practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Trotz guided the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship.
The Capitals honor the retired numbers of Rod Langway, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner and Dale Hunter with banners in Capital One Arena.
Nicklas Backstrom is the franchise's all-time assist leader for the regular season. As of the end of the 2021–22 season, he has recorded 747 assists in 1,058 games.
The Capitals moved into the MCI Center (presently Capital One Arena) in 1997.
Evgeny Kuznetsov skating forward with the puck against the Penguins during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Capitals are presently affiliated with two minor league teams: the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

Baltimore Clippers

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The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league professional ice hockey team from in Baltimore, Maryland, playing in the Baltimore Civic Center.

The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league professional ice hockey team from in Baltimore, Maryland, playing in the Baltimore Civic Center.

In the playoffs, they lost two games to one, to the Hershey Bears.

Interior view, May 2016

Giant Center

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10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a census-designated place in the Harrisburg metropolitan area.

10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a census-designated place in the Harrisburg metropolitan area.

Interior view, May 2016
Panoramic View of Bears Game
Giant Center before the start of a game against the Lake Erie Monsters
Front of Giant Center
Inside Giant Center from the ice

It is home to the Hershey Bears ice hockey team, the longest-existing member of the American Hockey League since 1938.

Pittsburgh Hornets

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The Pittsburgh Hornets were a minor-league professional men's ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Hornets were a minor-league professional men's ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For the 1946–47 season the Hornets returned to the AHL Finals for the second time in team history, losing Game 7 to the mid-state Hershey Bears.

Hersheypark Arena

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Multi-purpose indoor arena located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, managed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

Multi-purpose indoor arena located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, managed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

View from ice level
Bears players salute fans after final game at Hersheypark Arena
Hershey Bears opening night, 1937
Aerial view

For 64 years it was the home of the Hershey Bears hockey team from 1938 to 2002.

Calder Cup

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Trophy awarded annually to the playoff champions of the American Hockey League.

Trophy awarded annually to the playoff champions of the American Hockey League.

The Hershey Bears have won the Cup more times than any other team, with eleven victories in franchise history.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and are the AHL affiliates of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and are the AHL affiliates of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.

After that team moved to Glens Falls, New York, (as the Adirondack Phantoms) the Hershey Bears, also located in Pennsylvania, became the major rivals of the Penguins (they are currently the AHL affiliate of another rival of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals).

Canadian–American Hockey League

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Professional ice hockey league that operated from 1926 to 1936.

Professional ice hockey league that operated from 1926 to 1936.

At a meeting held in New York City on June 28, 1938, the two leagues formally merged into a unified eight-team circuit operating under the IAHL name with the addition of the EAHL's then three-time defending champion Hershey Bears, which was awarded an IAHL franchise that day to replace the defunct Buffalo club.