Bears returning for second Showcase Classic

Bears returning for second Showcase Classic
March 20, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The Hershey Bears had so much fun playing their first game at Verizon Center back in December that they decided to do it again next season.

The Capitals and Verizon Center will host the second Washington AHL Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 5 p.m., between the Hershey Bears and the Syracuse Crunch. The game date is subject to the AHL and NHL scheduling process, which will take place over the summer.

Next year’s event will mark the second-consecutive season in which VerizonCenter has hosted the Washington AHL Showcase. On Dec. 6, 2012 the Bears defeated the Norfolk Admirals, 2-1, in the 2012 AHL Showcase in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,506.

Current Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defensemen Steven Oleksy, Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek helped the Bears earn the victory.

Hershey has qualified for the playoffs each of the last seven years 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 seven seasons it has been affiliated with the Capitals.

The Syracuse Crunch is in its first season as an AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Crunch currently leads the AHL’s Eastern Conference and is in its 20th season, the fifth-longest tenure of any active AHL team.

For more information on 2014 Washington AHL Showcase contact 202-266-CAPS or visit