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Washington Capitals Extend Affiliation with Hershey Bears Through 2007-08

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2007-08 season, Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee and Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst announced today.

 “Our affiliation with the Hershey Bears has been nothing short of a remarkable,” said McPhee. “They have enjoyed success on the ice and the organization and the Hershey community have treated our prospects well off the ice. It’s been a great partnership in every way.”

The Bears are currently in their second season as Washington’s AHL affiliate. Hershey won the Calder Cup as the champions of the AHL in 2005-06, the first season of the affiliation with Washington. The championship was the ninth in franchise history for Hershey, the oldest franchise in the AHL.

Hershey is off to a terrific start in 2006-07 at 25-7-3-4 (57 points) through 39 games, tied for the most points in the AHL. Alexandre Giroux ranks third in the AHL with 27 goals while he and Eric Fehr are both among the top 20 in the league in points. Lawrence Nycholat, recalled to Washington Dec. 23, still leads all AHL defensemen in assists (25) and points (28).

This season’s Capitals team has featured 11 players who were part of the Calder Cup championship team last spring, including six who are currently in the lineup: Kris Beech, Boyd Gordon, Mike Green, Jakub Klepis, Brooks Laich and Nycholat. Already this season 10 players have suited up for both the Capitals and the Bears.

Tonight is Hershey Bears Night at Verizon Center as the Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers. The Calder Cup will be on display on the main concourse while Bears goaltender Frederic Cassivi will be available to sign autographs.
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