07/07/2008 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2008
CONTACT: John Walton – HERSHEY BEARS – (717) 682-6470
DEFENSEMAN DEAN ARSENE TO RETURN TO HERSHEY FOR 2008-09 SEASON
"THE MAYOR" RETURNS FOR ANOTHER TERM IN CHOCOLATETOWN AS BEARS SHORE UP BLUELINE FOR 2008-09
HERSHEY – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today that defenseman Dean Arsene has been signed to a contract for the upcoming 2008-09 season. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Arsene, 27, first joined the team on January 21, 2004 and will be entering his fifth full season in a HERSHEY uniform this fall. A member of the 2006 Calder Cup Champion squad under current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, Arsene originally made his AHL debut with the Hartford Wolf Pack during the 2002-03 season. He has played in 221 games for the BEARS dating back to the 2003-04 season, and twice has been named the Milton Garland Memorial Trophy winner as HERSHEY'S best defenseman. He won the award in 2004-05 and most recently took home the honor after the 2006-07 season when the Chocolate and White played in its second consecutive Calder Cup Final.
"I'm ecstatic about coming back" Arsene said. "I'm looking forward to being healthy for the whole year and playing with the likes of Minker (Graham Mink) and (Keith) Aucoin, and the rest of the solid group that we've got coming back. It should make for a great year and I can't wait to get started. I wish the season started tomorrow."
Dubbed "The Mayor" for being a fan favorite as well as being community minded, Arsene has been nominated by the BEARS each of the last three seasons for the American Hockey League's Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, given to the AHL player who best honors the spirit of the former HERSHEY skater's charity work.
Season ticket plans for the upcoming 2008-09 season are on sale now by calling (717) 508-BEAR, with plans starting at just $145. The American Hockey League is expected to release the 2008-09 schedule of games later this summer, with HERSHEY slated to play 20 different opponents.