I didn't get down to Giant Center last night for the celebration but I found the below picture to be quite amusing. The goalie just looks out of place! (I borrowed this picture from Pennlive.com and Patriot News photographer Chris Knight)
It was definitely a championship season to celebrate! Hershey was picked to win before the season started and managed to follow through on all the hype and all the potential.
All season long they broke records and separated themselves from the other teams in the league.
Overall the Bears broke 11 club records and 6 AHL records.
Here are the records that were set this season (records with * are also AHL Records):
- 60 Wins*
- 123 Points
- 34 Home Wins*
- 26 Road Wins
- 12 Consecutive Wins
- 24 Consecutive Home Wins*
- 2 100+ point scorers (Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin)
- 8 Overtime Wins in the Playoffs*
- 3 Overtime games in one playoff series (Albany and Manchester)
- 8 Consecutive playoff series won*
- 380,791 Regular Season Attendance
the 11th Calder Cup in Franchise History...still more than any other franchise in AHL History!!
They also became the first team in AHL history to lose their first 2 games of the Calder Cup finals at home and still win the Cup!
AND they are the first team to repeat as Calder Cup Champs under the current playoff format which requires a team to win 4 series and 16 games.
Can Hershey become the first team since the 59-62 Springfield Indians to win 3 straight Calder Cups???
Who knows but one thing is certain...we will all be around to see them try next season!!
LET'S GO BEARS!!!
**Check back later this week as I promise to get all (or some) of the pictures I took on Monday night up on the site.
**And definitely keep checking in as our focus turns to the 2010-2011 season and what that team might look like. Lots will be happening in the coming weeks so stay tuned.