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10/02/2009 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2009 CONTACT: John Walton-HERSHEY BEARS – (717) 682-6470 HERSHEY BEARS ANNOUNCE OPENING NIGHT ROSTER 19 PLAYERS ON CURRENT ROSTER PLAYED FOR THE BEARS LAST SEASON EN ROUTE TO A CALDER CUP, DEFENDING CHAMPIONS OPEN SATURDAY VS. NORFOLK HERSHEY – The 2009 Calder Cup Champion HERSHEY BEARS announced today the club's 2009-10 opening night roster. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst. The Chocolate and White will open the 2009-10 season with 19 players returning from last year's Calder Cup champions. Bryan Helmer will wear the captain's "C" for the second consecutive season, with Boyd Kane and Keith Aucoin announced Thursday as alternate captains. Kane began his season in the NHL Thursday night with the Washington Capitals. The 2009-10 HERSHEY BEARS opening night roster is as follows: 1-Braden Holtby-G 2-Patrick McNeill-D 4-John Carlson-D 6-Sean Collins-D 7-Karl Alzner-D 10-Andrew Gordon-RW 11-Keith Aucoin-C 12-Alexandre Giroux-LW 13-Steve Pinizzotto-RW 14-Trevor Bruess-C 15-Anton Gustafsson-C 18-Kyle Wilson-C 19-Darren Reid-RW 20-Bryan Helmer-D 21-Jay Beagle-C 22-Francois Bouchard-RW 23-Andrew Joudrey-C 24-Mathieu Perreault-C 25-Zach Miskovic-D 27-Grant McNeill-LW 29-Brandon Sugden-RW 30-Michal Neuvirth-G 32-Greg Amadio-D 33-Patrick Wellar-D 34-Joe Finley-LW 35-Jason Bacashihua-G 36-Oskar Osala-LW The BEARS will officially open its defense of the Calder Cup Saturday, hosting the Norfolk Admirals at GIANT Center in the 2009-10 regular season opener at 7:00 p.m. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for HERSHEY'S Calder Cup celebration prior to puck drop.

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