Hershey Bears Release 2013-2014 Season Schedule

76th Season Features Washington AHL Showcase, Two Visits to NHL Venues, Second Class of Hockey Club’s Hall of Fame Induction

Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 3:15 PM Hershey Bears

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today the schedule of games for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The announcement was made by Bears President/GM Doug Yingst.

The Bears, entering their 76th season of play in the AHL, will open their season on home ice for the first time since 2009. And for the first time since that same season, the Hockey Club will have new guidance behind the bench as head coach Mike Haviland and assistant coach Ryan Mougenel make their debuts. The puck drops on the new campaign at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 5 between the Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms at GIANT Center.

The club will then get a lot of travel out of the way early, as the team will take their trip to Newfoundland for a pair of games against the St. John’s IceCaps on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19.

The Charlotte Checkers, members of the newly-named West Division, are back on the schedule of opponents and will host Hershey on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14. After that venture to North Carolina, the Bears play just four more games against the Western Conference: two against the Checkers (Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2) and two against the Rochester Americans (Saturday, January 4 and Friday, February 7).

Seven names synonymous with the Hershey Bears were enshrined forever in the inaugural class of the Hockey Club’s Hall of Fame in December, 2012. The next class of five will enter the Hall of Fame in a special ceremony prior to puck drop against the Providence Bruins on Sunday, December 1. It will also be the Bears’ first rematch of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

East Division rival and reigning Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch pay their first visit to Chocolatetown on Wednesday, December 18 – one of three popular Hersheypark Pass Nights. The other two are slated for Sunday, November 3 against the Norfolk Admirals and Sunday, April 13 against the Binghamton Senators.

The traditional Super Bowl Sunday game will take place on February 2 at 2:00 PM against Norfolk. Shortly afterward the National Hockey League will break for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. During the hiatus, the Bears will play two of their four scheduled neutral-site contests. The club will visit the Albany Devils at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, February 14, while Syracuse plays host to the Bears on Sunday, February 23 in the second Washington AHL Showcase game at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. – the home of the Bears’ NHL affiliate Washington Capitals.

The other two off-site games will feature a second contest against Albany at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, January 12, and a matchup against the Adirondack Phantoms at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, February 1.

The Bears will once again be on the road for most of the final month of the season, playing 10 of their final 14 games away from GIANT Center. Adirondack is in town on Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 PM to play in the Bears’ regular season finale.

In all, a majority of the Hershey Bears home games will take place on weekends (36 of 38 to be played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). The club will also play two home contests on Wednesdays.

The Bears face off against 16 of 29 possible opponents, meeting every team in the Eastern Conference and two in the Western Conference. The longest homestand of the season is a five-game stretch from November 23 to December 1, while the club will play the most consecutive games away from home (also five games) from April 4-12.

The Bears will, for the first time, host two Sunday games with special 4:00 PM start times (March 2 vs. Charlotte and March 16 vs. Norfolk).

The complete 2013-2014 Hershey Bears regular season schedule follows, including start times and opponents, and games by division, month and day of week.

Information on promotional nights will be released in the coming days.

HERSHEY BEARS 2013-2014 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE

All Times Eastern; Home Games in CAPS

Saturday, October 5, 2013 7:00 PM ADIRONDACK

Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Friday, October 18, 2013 6:00 PM at St. John’s

Saturday, October 19, 2013 6:00 PM at St. John’s

Saturday, October 26, 2013 7:00 PM HARTFORD

Sunday, October 27, 2013 5:00 PM NORFOLK

Friday, November 1, 2013 7:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Saturday, November 2, 2013 7:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Sunday, November 3, 2013 5:00 PM BINGHAMTON

Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:00 PM BRIDGEPORT

Sunday, November 10, 2013 5:00 PM BINGHAMTON

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:00 PM at Charlotte

Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:00 PM at Charlotte

Saturday, November 16, 2013 7:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:00 PM BINGHAMTON

Sunday, November 24, 2013 5:00 PM NORFOLK

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:00 PM ST. JOHN’S

Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Sunday, December 1, 2013 5:00 PM PROVIDENCE

Friday, December 6, 2013 7:05 PM at Binghamton

Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:00 PM at Bridgeport

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:05 PM at Binghamton

Friday, December 13, 2013 7:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:00 PM BINGHAMTON

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00 PM SYRACUSE

Saturday, December 21, 2013 7:00 PM WORCESTER

Sunday, December 22, 2013 5:00 PM WORCESTER

Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:05 PM at Binghamton

Friday, December 27, 2013 7:00 PM SYRACUSE

Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Friday, January 3, 2014 7:00 PM at Adirondack

Saturday, January 4, 2014 7:00 PM ROCHESTER

Sunday, January 5, 2014 5:00 PM MANCHESTER

Friday, January 10, 2014 7:05 PM at Binghamton

Saturday, January 11, 2014 7:00 PM SPRINGFIELD

Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:00 PM at Albany 1

Friday, January 17, 2014 7:00 PM at Syracuse

Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:00 PM BRIDGEPORT

Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:00 PM ALBANY

Friday, January 24, 2014 7:00 PM at Syracuse

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:00 PM SYRACUSE

Sunday, January 26, 2014 5:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Friday, January 31, 2014 7:00 PM at Adirondack

Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:00 PM at Adirondack 2

Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:00 PM NORFOLK

Friday, February 7, 2014 7:05 PM at Rochester

Saturday, February 8, 2014 7:00 PM PORTLAND

Sunday, February 9, 2014 5:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Friday, February 14, 2014 7:00 PM at Albany 1

Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00 PM W-B/SCRANTON

Sunday, February 16, 2014 4:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 PM SYRACUSE

Sunday, February 23, 2014 5:00 PM at Syracuse 3

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:05 PM at W-B/Scranton

Friday, February 28, 2014 7:00 PM at Hartford

Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:00 PM CHARLOTTE

Sunday, March 2, 2014 4:00 PM CHARLOTTE

Friday, March 7, 2014 7:30 PM at Norfolk

Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:15 PM at Norfolk

Friday, March 14, 2014 7:00 PM at Syracuse

Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:00 PM ADIRONDACK

Sunday, March 16, 2014 4:00 PM NORFOLK

Friday, March 21, 2014 7:05 PM at Providence

Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:00 PM at Worcester

Sunday, March 23, 2014 3:00 PM at Manchester

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 PM ALBANY

Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 PM ST. JOHN’S

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:00 PM at Portland

Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:00 PM at Worcester

Sunday, April 6, 2014 3:00 PM at Bridgeport

Friday, April 11, 2014 7:05 PM at Binghamton

Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:00 PM at Springfield

Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:00 PM BINGHAMTON

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:15 PM at Norfolk

Friday, April 18, 2014 7:30 PM at Norfolk

Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 PM ADIRONDACK

1 at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

2 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

3 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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