Arlington, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals have extended their
affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears through
the 2013-14 season.
"We are excited to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," Capitals
general manager George McPhee said in a statement. "The Bears are one of the
most storied franchises in the AHL and we are looking forward to the continued
development of some of our top prospects in Hershey."
The Bears recently completed their seventh season as Washington's AHL
affiliate. In that time, the team has reached the playoffs all seven seasons
and won the Calder Cup as league champ in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Nineteen former or current Bears played in Washington this season, including
goaltender Braden Holtby, who helped lift the Capitals over the Boston Bruins
in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
"The combined efforts of the Capitals and the Bears have produced playoff
teams each year and three championships here in Hershey since our partnership
began," Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst said. "Washington
also eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions using several players who
developed in Hershey. It is a win-win for both parties and we are thrilled to
team up again."
The Capitals and Bears were previously affiliated for seven seasons from 1977
to 1984. After 1984, the Bears were worked with the Bruins, Philadelphia
Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche before renewing their relationship with
Washington in 2005.
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