Hershey Bears President/GM Doug Yingst enters his 32nd season with the organization in 2013-14. Hershey's back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, as well as the club’s win in 2006 have all come under Yingst’s stewardship and the team’s affiliation with the Washington Capitals. Working in tandem with Washington VP/GM George McPhee, Yingst once again brought the front line talent and necessary roster depth to central PA as the Bears defeated the Texas Stars four games to two in the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. It marked the first time in AHL history a team rallied to win after losing the first two games of the series at home, and for Yingst, it was his fourth Calder Cup victory. The four championships tie an AHL record, jointly held by several, including Frank Mathers.
The Bears have recorded the best five-year run in American Hockey League history, winning three titles and advancing to a fourth Final appearance in 2007. With no fewer than 27 teams in the league during that time, the Chocolate and White have played hockey in June four times since 2006. For his efforts, Yingst was presented with the Thomas Ebright Award, given for outstanding service to the AHL. Yingst also claimed the James Hendy Award in 2006, presented to the outstanding executive of the year in the league. He is only one of four men in league history to win the award twice.
During the current affiliation agreement with the Capitals, the Bears posted an American Hockey League record 60 wins in 2009-10, and also won a then-franchise record 51 games in 2006-07 under current Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. The agreement between the two franchises has not only produced many players for the NHL level, but also two members of the coaching staff that have worked closely with Yingst. Boudreau was promoted in November, 2007 to become Washington’s head coach, and Bob Woods was named the team’s assistant coach in the summer of 2009. Woods claimed the 2009 Calder Cup title, following in Boudreau’s footsteps soon after. Current head coach Mark French then won the 2010 title, the third straight coach under Yingst to win a title.
Yingst has been Hershey's President/GM since the 1998-99 season, and represents the club on the AHL’s Board of Governors. In 2010-11, he was named the chairman of the league’s Executive Committee, and has served previously as chairman of the AHL’s Competition and Marketing Committees. Yingst was first named Hershey's general manager in 1996-97, winning the Calder Cup in his first season with new job responsibilities. From 1991-96, he was the Assistant GM/Director of Hockey Operations for the team, and from 1988-91 served as Assistant General Manager under the legendary Frank S. Mathers. Yingst began his long run in the Hershey organization as the sales and promotions director in 1982, and also won the AHL’s Ken McKenzie award in 1988, given annually by the AHL to the person judged to have done the most to promote his team.
One of Yingst’s greatest accomplishments in hockey came in February of 2000, when his Hershey Jr. Bears hockey team won the 2000 Quebec Cup in Quebec City. It was a feat repeated in February of 2009 and again in February, 2010 when the Jr. Bears repeated as Quebec Cup champions, the same two years that Hershey won back-to-back Calder Cup titles. Often compared to the Little League World Series in the United States, the Quebec Pee-Wee International Cup tournament brings more than 100 youth hockey teams to Quebec City every year.
Yingst has been called into service from time-to-time as Hershey's assistant coach, most recently in 2007 when Bruce Boudreau was named head coach of the Washington Capitals. In 2003, with head coach Mike Foligno hospitalized, Yingst teamed with interim head coach Paul Fixter to win Game 3 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals over the Chicago Wolves. It was also the first playoff game win for the Bears in Giant Center history.
A terrific all-around athlete, Yingst is a charter member of the Palmyra High School Sports Hall-of-Fame. He was inducted into the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2000.
New Bears head coach Mike Haviland joins elite company as he begins work as the leader of the American Hockey League’s eldest and most storied franchise. Having served as both a head coach and an assistant coach, and having won championships at three different levels, Haviland brings 14 years worth of professional hockey coaching to Chocolatetown.
The 46-year-old native of Middletown, New Jersey most recently returned to his AHL roots in Hampton Roads, serving as associate coach of the Norfolk Admirals in 2012-13. From 2005 through 2007, Haviland guided the Admirals – then the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks – to a record of 93-51-10-6. In those two seasons, the Admirals broke single-season wins and points records, an achievement that earned Haviland the 2007 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year.
Haviland went on to lead the Blackhawks’ new AHL affiliate in Rockford during the 2007-08 campaign to a record of 44-26-4-6 and into two rounds of postseason play. Following the 2007-08 season, he moved up to assist behind the Blackhawks’ bench. In a span of four years, he helped guide Chicago to a cumulative mark of 187-101-40, a Central Division title in 2009-10 and the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
Prior to his time in the AHL and NHL, Haviland spent four seasons with the ECHL’s Trenton Titans (2004-05) and Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (2001-04). He led the Boardwalk Bullies to a Kelly Cup championship in 2003, and just two years later, hoisted the trophy as the Titans’ bench boss. His cumulative record in four ECHL seasons was 172-81-35.
Haviland also had success at the college level. As an assistant coach with Elmira College (NCAA), he helped guide the team to a record of 51-12-2 and two ECAC championships from 1996-1998.
Haviland was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. His playing experience included AHL time with Binghamton (1989-90) and in the ECHL with Richmond and Winston-Salem in 1990-91.
New Bears assistant coach Ryan Mougenel comes to Chocolatetown after a four-year stint as head coach of the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. His head coaching record features an all-time mark of 151-111-10-16 and appearances in the Kelly Cup playoffs during all four seasons in Nevada from 2009 to 2013, including the 2012 Western Conference championship.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario previously served as assistant coach for four seasons with the ECHL’s Fresno Falcons and Stockton Thunder.
Mougenel’s last playing action came during the 2002-03 season, when he posted 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 53 games with the ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. He went on to capture the 2003 Kelly Cup championship, under the guidance of his former head coach and current colleague, newly-appointed Bears head coach Mike Haviland.
In 180 regular-season games with ECHL Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, Jackson and Atlantic City from 1997-2003, Mougenel totaled 105 points (46 goals, 59 assists) and 271 penalty minutes. He also played 95 games in the former International Hockey League with the Quebec Rafales and Cleveland Lumberjacks, and earned a brief stay in the AHL with the Rochester Americans in the 1999-2000 season.