Hershey Bears Locker Room

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.

Scott Allen

Head Coach: Scott Allen

Scott Allen was named the 27th head coach in franchise history in August 2021 after serving as an assistant coach with the Bears for two seasons. Allen brings more than 25 years of coaching experience at the NHL, AHL, and ECHL levels to Hershey.

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.

Steve Bergin

Assistant Coach: Steve Bergin

Steve Bergin joined the Bears as an assistant coach in August 2021. He previously worked in the Washington Capitals organization with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays as an assistant coach (2016-19) and head coach (2019-20).

Alex Westlund

Associate Goaltending Coach: Alex Westlund

Alex Westlund joined the Bears in August 2017 and serves as the team’s Associate Goaltending Coach

Emily Engel-Natzke

Video Coach: Emily Engel-Natzke

Emily Engel-Natzke joined the Bears as video coach in November 2020. She joined the Chocolate and White after working at the University of Wisconsin where she served as the assistant director of operations/video coordinator.

Dan Stuck

Manager of Wellness and Team Affairs: Dan "Beaker" Stuck

Dan "Beaker" Stuck serves as the Bears Manager of Wellness and Team Affairs, a role he moved into in 2018 after serving as the team's Head Trainer since 1985.

Brian Riedel

Head Athletic Trainer: Brian Riedel

Brian Riedel joined the Hershey Bears as assistant athletic trainer in Sept. 2019 and was promoted to head athletic trainer in Dec. 2020.

Shawn Fliszar

Assistant Athletic Trainer: Shawn Fliszar

Shawn Fliszar joined the Hershey Bears as assistant athletic trainer in Dec. 2020 after previously spending time in the ECHL.

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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