Hunter Shepard returns to Hershey Bears practice after missing team’s first two games, Mitchell Gibson summoned from Stingrays
The goaltending situation for the AHL’s Hershey Bears has been anything but stable to start the 2023-24 campaign.
Hunter Shepard, the 2023 Calder Cup playoffs MVP and regular number one netminder, has missed the team’s first two games of the season with an illness.
Shepard’s absence has been compounded by the Washington Capitals having their own issues in net in the NHL. Darcy Kuemper missed Opening Night due to the birth of his first child and Charlie Lindgren suffered an injury right before the Capitals’ second game.
All of that has meant Clay Stevenson, Shepard’s expected backup this year, has been ferried back and forth between the two teams on an almost daily basis.
The Bears got some good news on Wednesday though as Shepard returned to the ice for practice.