BEARS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears announced today a series of moves affecting the club’s current roster. The announcements were made by Bears president/general manager Doug Yingst.
Bears forward Chandler Stephenson has been recalled by the Washington Capitals. Stephenson, 21, earns his first official call to the NHL after recording one assist in the Bears’ opening-night win at Springfield on Saturday. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 54 games with the Bears in 2014-15, and has a total of 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 57 career games with the Chocolate and White.
He recorded 195 points (73 goals, 122 assists) in 230 career games of junior hockey with the WHL’s Regina Pats prior to turning pro, and was selected by Washington in the third round (77th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
In a corresponding transaction to make room on the NHL roster, forward Sean Collins has been reassigned to Hershey. The 26-year-old native, also from Saskatoon, dressed in his first two career games with the Capitals last week. Collins has earned NHL time in each of his last four professional seasons, and has three assists in 21 career games with Washington and Columbus.
The 6-1, 198-pound forward tallied 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 64 games with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons last year, tying for the team lead in goals and ranking third in points. In 203 career AHL games with Springfield, Collins has amassed 113 points (45 goals, 68 assists).
Prior to turning pro, Collins played four years at Cornell University (ECAC), and notched 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists) in 136 career collegiate games. He was selected by Columbus in the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
In separate transactions, defenseman Tyler Lewington has been reassigned to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. The 6-1, 197-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta has not yet dressed for the Bears this season. Lewington played four years of junior hockey with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers prior to turning pro this year, and has a total of 112 points (18 goals, 94 assists) in 250 career games. He was selected by Washington in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The Bears also announced today that goaltender Mark Dekanich has been signed to an AHL contract for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. Dekanich, who participated in Hershey’s training camp last month, is back in North America after playing the last two seasons with the KHL’s Zagreb Medvescak. Prior to heading overseas, the 6-2, 192-pound native of North Vancouver, British Columbia last played in the AHL with the St. John’s IceCaps in 2012-13. He finished with a 16-14-1 record, 2.98 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.
Dekanich has dressed in a total of 162 AHL games with St. John’s, Springfield and Milwaukee, and has a cumulative record of 82-54-13 with 11 shutouts. He played for the Western Conference at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, and finished the 2010-11 season ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a 2.02 goals-against average and leading all goaltenders with a .931 save percentage.
Prior to turning pro, Dekanich played four years of collegiate hockey at Colgate University (ECAC), earning ECAC Goaltender of the Year honors in 2005-06 and earning three ECAC All-Academic Team honors.
Dekanich was originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Hershey plays its next two games on the road against the Portland Pirates on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 PM. Fans may listen to the M&C Foreign Car Parts pre-game show beginning 40 minutes prior to puck drop each night on the Bears Radio Network of affiliates WQIC-FM 100.1, WTKT-AM 1460, WOYK-AM 1350, online at FoxSports1460.com or via the iHeartRadio app for smartphones (Fox Sports 1460).
The Bears open the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 PM against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The first 8,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule courtesy of PNC Bank. The 1980 Calder Cup championship team will be honored prior to the game in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the title. The Bears will also wear special throwback jerseys which will be auctioned off live following the game.Individual tickets for this and all Bears home games may be purchased at the GIANT Center box office, by calling (717) 508-BEAR or online at TicketMaster.com.
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