On Wednesday at noon, the Washington Capitals announced the day of their banner-raising home opener: October 3.
Later in the day, the Hershey Bears, the team’s AHL affilliate, announced that three days later, on October 6, they will kick off their 2018-19 season.
Save the date-Our Home Opener is 1️⃣0️⃣8️⃣ days away! Times, opponent info, and the complete AHL schedule will be released later this summer. Ticket packages are available NOW! https://t.co/oEZPRrrrb1 #HBH pic.twitter.com/ouyG25eYtL
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) June 20, 2018
Unlike the Stanley Cup-winning Capitals, the Bears had an unusually rough 2017-18 season. They went 30-37-4, last in the Atlantic Division. It was just the 13th time the team had missed the Calder Cup Playoffs in their 80-year history. The poor record, along with a plethora of of issues, led to Hershey parting ways with head coach Troy Mann at the end of the season. A new coach has not been named yet.
The full 2018-19 season, as well as Hershey’s ever-popular promotional schedule, will be revealed at a later date.
From the Bears:
Summer may be upon us, but the countdown to hockey season is officially on. The Hershey Bears announced today a guaranteed date for the club’s home opener for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Hershey will open the home portion of its 81st season in the American Hockey League on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Giant Center.
Further details, including the time and opponent of Hershey’s home opener, as well as the complete 2018-19 AHL schedule will be released later this summer. The Oct. 6 date is Hershey’s earliest open to a season since the Bears hosted Adirondack on Oct. 5, 2013 at the Giant Center to start the 2013-14 campaign.
Hershey’s upcoming 2018-19 season will feature a new head coach, a talented group of new players and top prospects, as well as some familiar faces who are set to return to the Chocolate and White. Season ticket packages for Hershey’s 2018-19 season are on sale now, featuring discounted costs and extra added benefits. Full Season, 22-game, 12-game, and Flex-10 plans are available with packages starting at just $195. For more information, call 717-520-5796 or visit HersheyBears.com.
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