ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2015-16 season, Capitals president Dick Patrick and Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst announced today.
The Bears, one of the AHL's elite franchises, recently completed their 10th season as Washington's AHL affiliate under the current agreement. Hershey has qualified for the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons and won the Calder Cup in back-to-back seasons as the champions of the AHL in 2009 and 2010 as well as in 2006. Hershey has reached the Calder Cup final in four of the 10 seasons it has been affiliated with Washington under the current agreement.
"We are extremely pleased to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," said Patrick. "In our view, Hershey is a top franchise in the American Hockey League, and we look forward to our top prospects continuing to develop in a successful and winning culture in Hershey."
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