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Hughes Recalled, Geiger Returns to Stingrays

Hughes Recalled, Geiger Returns to Stingrays

11/21/2017 - The Hershey Bears have announced a pair of roster moves. The Bears have recalled defenseman Tommy Hughes from the club's ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. Additionally, defenseman Paul Geiger has been returned to the Stingrays. The moves were announced by Hershey’s Vice President of Hockey Operations, Bryan Helmer.

Hughes, 25, has appeared in six games with the Stingrays this season, registering one assist and four penalty minutes. The London, Ontario native was signed to a one-year AHL deal by the Bears on Aug. 23. Hughes spent the first four seasons of his professional career with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound blue liner has appeared in 226 AHL games, registering 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) and 143 penalty minutes. He skated in 53 games with Hartford in 2016-17, tallying five assists. Hughes has also appeared in 15 career Calder Cup Playoff games, scoring three points (one goal, two assists). 

Hughes was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Rangers on Apr. 1, 2013. He played for his hometown London Knights of the OHL for parts of four seasons before turning professional. He led the club to back-to-back OHL titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and struck for 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) in 169 career junior games. 

Geiger, 25, skated in four games with the Bears, registering one assist. He has also appeared in four games with the Stingrays, scoring one goal. 

The Bears return to the ice this Wednesday for their annual Thanksgiving Eve game as they host the Springfield Thunderbirds. All fans are welcome onto the ice for the post game Sara Lee & Canteen Vending Turkey Shoot. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.  

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