Thursday, November 7, 2013


Head Coach Mike Haviland is not afraid to mix things up for the (2-4-2-1) Hershey Bears. When Haviland was named the 24th head coach back in June, it was clear there would be strong leadership behind the bench, as Haviland brings 14 years’ worth of professional hockey coaching, excellence and the winning spirit to Chocolatetown, USA. This past weekend after the Bears 4-2 loss to their rivals the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Haviland said:

“We’re putting guys in. We’re taking guys out. We’re calling guys up now. We’re trying to send messages to guys. We’re benching guys.”

As Haviland continues using his resources to adjust lines, forming the Bears into a competitive elite winning force, there has been a lot of movement from ECHL affiliate Reading Royals to the AHL Hershey Bears and vice versa. A coach not afraid to make changes and an ECHL affiliate filled with talent, it may be hard to keep up with the new faces you start seeing on the Hershey bench. That’s why I will be headed to a few Royals games this season to keep tabs on players and use my best scouting skills to let you know who may be the next player to defend the den in Chocolatetown. I am excited to be bringing you a closer look at the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals affiliate of the American Hockey League Hershey Bears and the National Hockey League Washington Capitals. First game November 20th. Stay tuned!

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