Hershey Bears president/general manager Doug Yingst called it a “near record” low number of players for the opening of Bears training camp yesterday, when the team began with 18 on the roster (only 17 skated – Cole Wilson, a rookie invite from the University of British Columbia, is nursing an injury).
Always citing the positives, Yingst said that the low number is a big benefit here in Hershey. Players will get an easier (and longer) look from the coaching staff; costs of boarding are held down; and players develop a camaraderie much more easily with a smaller number in the locker room.
Even with the five additions from yesterday (Barber, Djoos, Lewington, Vanecek and Vrana), the number is still one of the smallest Yingst has seen during the first 48 hours of a Bears training camp.
The club expects more from Washington within the next day or so, Yingst said.
Check back later for audio from Yingst and head coach Troy Mann on the progress of Bears training camp.
Here are some photos from early in Day 2: