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Hockey Operations Staff

Meet the Team

Get to know the power behind the Hershey Bears bench.

Bryan Helmer

Vice President of Hockey Operations: Bryan Helmer

Bryan Helmer was named Hershey's Vice President of Hockey Operations in July 2016, moving to the front office after spending time as a player and assistant coach with the Bears during his Hall of Fame career.

Todd Nelson

Head Coach: Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson was named the 28th head coach in franchise history in August 2022. The former Hershey defender brings more than two decades of coaching experience to Hershey, and is one of just three individuals to win a Calder Cup as a player, assistant coach, and head coach in league history.

Patrick Weller

Assistant Coach: Patrick Wellar

Patrick Wellar returned to Hershey as an assistant coach ahead of the 2018-19 season after playing parts of six seasons with the Bears from 2008-2014.

Nick Bootland

Assistant Coach: Nick Bootland

Nick Bootland returned to Hershey in 2022 after a 13-year run as the head coach of the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Bootland played parts of three seasons for the Bears from 1998-2003 prior to moving behind the bench.

Juha Lehtola

Associate Goaltending Coach: Juha Lehtola

Juha Lehtola was hired as Hershey’s associate goaltending coach in August 2022, bringing experience in both North America and overseas to the club’s netminders.

Adam Purner

Video Coach: Adam Purner

Adam Purner was named Hershey’s video coach in 2022 after spending the previous two seasons working in the same role in the New Jersey Devils organization.

Shawn Fliszar

Head Athletic Trainer: Shawn Fliszar

Shawn Fliszar joined the Hershey Bears as assistant athletic trainer in Dec. 2020 after previously spending time in the ECHL. In 2022, he was promoted to head athletic trainer.

Max Finley

Assistant Athletic Trainer: Max Finley

Max Finley joined the Hershey Bears in October 2022 following a two year stint with the Bears ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays as the club's head athletic trainer.

Mike Wagner

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Mike Wagner

Mike Wagner joined the Bears in 2016 as the club’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. He oversees the team's weight room, player workouts, and conditioning of all players.

Josh Carter

Head Equipment Manager: Josh Carter

Josh Carter has served as the Head Equipment Manager of the Hershey Bears since 2014.

Dillon Filepas

Assistant Equipment Manager: Dillon Filepas

Dillon Filepas joined the Chocolate and White as an Assistant Equipment Manager in 2017 after previously working with the Bears from 2008-12.

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