HERSHEY – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today in conjunction with the NHL’s Washington Capitals that the club has signed center Ryan Potulny and right wing Matthew Ford for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Potulny, 26, comes to HERSHEY after helping lead the Binghamton Senators to the 2011 Calder Cup championship. He scored 14 goals and assisted on 12 others in 23 Calder Cup playoff games this past spring, leading the Senators in scoring. Potulny has 123 games of NHL experience entering the 2011-12 season, having skated with the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators. He has 22 career NHL goals. A three-year standout at the University of Minnesota, Potulny scored 38 goals in just 41 games for the Golden Gophers in 2005-06. Potulny’s brother Grant played for HERSHEY during the 2007-08 season.
Ford, 26, makes his way to Chocolatetown after a career-high 26 goals for Lake Erie (AHL) this past season. A native of West Hills, CA, Ford played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA) before turning pro, and was selected in the eighth round, 256th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The BEARS will open the 2011-12 regular season in early October, with season ticket plans available now by calling (717) 508-BEAR. The American Hockey League is expected to release the 2011-12 regular season schedule in early August.