Special Sub-Topic: Hershey Bears
|Of the following, what other name referred to the Hershey Bears?|
Chocolate and White. Although at different times in their history, the Bears' jerseys have appeared more maroon than chocolate, and they have been called the "chocolate and white" for seemingly forever.
|Who was the first Bear to have his number retired? |
Mike Nykoluk. Nykoluk held numerous records upon his retirement in 1972. Many of those records still stood for many decades. For these reasons, his number 8 was retired and was the first retired number attached to a Bear.
|Who is "Mr. Hershey Bears Hockey"?|
Frank Mathers. Mr. Mathers is not only one of several Hershey Bears in the AHL Hall of Fame; he was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He was a player for Hershey, but his real claim to fame in Chocolatetown was as a coach. He coached over 1200 games through 17 seasons. 16 of those seasons the Bears made the playoffs, including 6 finals appearances, and 3 Calder Cup titles.
|One of the greatest teams in AHL history were the 1987-88 Hershey Bears. What amazing feat did they accomplish?|
They were a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs. It was the 50th anniversary season, and after a 50-win season (also a team record at the time), they gave the Hershey faithful quite the anniversary gift, by not losing a single playoff game and sweeping to the Calder Cup. No AHL team before or since had matched this feat.
|In which year did the Bears win their first Calder Cup Championship?|
1947. It was actually their fourth trip to the finals.
|What goalie famous for his offensive abilities in the AHL, back-stopped the Bears to the Calder Cup Finals in 1986?|
Ron Hextall. Hextall was the first goalie in NHL history to actually score a goal (Billy Smith was credited with a goal, but by a technicality).
|Where did the Bears play until 2002?|
Hershey Park Arena. Originally known as the Hershey Sports Arena, the Bears played at "the old barn" for over six decades. It was also the site of Wilt Chamberlain's famous 100-point game. The Arena also hosted concerts for some of the biggest names in entertainment, from Sinatra to Metallica, and from Elton John to Johnny Cash. The Bears later played at the Giant Center.
|What is the name of the Bears' mascot?|
Coco. He first came on the scene at the start of the 1978-79 season. He appeared in the crowd during play and on the ice during intermissions.
|Who did the Bears defeat in the 2006 Calder Cup Finals to capture their 9th title?|
Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals were seeking their second title in three seasons, but were denied by the Bears in 6 games.
|What NHL team was the Bears' parent club during the 1996-97 Calder Cup Championship season?|
Colorado Avalanche. The Bears had been the farm club for the Flyers for nearly a decade prior to this until they moved their farm team to Philadelphia as the Phantoms, beginning a huge heated rivalry between the two clubs. The Bears had previously been affiliated with the Bruins and Caps, and were later the farm club for Washington.
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