No, not nap time – although all of us could certainly use it after a safe arrival at 3:30 this morning. Adrenaline, coffee and sugar will be fueling a lot of the staff as we get set for the 78th home opener in Hershey Bears history tonight at the Giant Center.
A few “things to watch”, if you will:
1. The new center-hung scoreboard, halo, and 360-LED fascia. Sure you’ve seen it on Season Ticket Holder pickup night and during the pre-season. I’m not giving away anything, as Great Save Productions has been working feverishly for the last several months to get ready for tonight… but trust me, get in your seats early for quite a show.
2. The 1980 Calder Cup champions. We will honor Dave Parro, Tony Cassolato, Greg Theberge and many other members of the club that celebrated the championship 35 years ago. And wait until you see the jerseys that this year’s Bears will be wearing…if you haven’t already. They will be auctioned off live post-game.
3. Magnet schedules, thanks to PNC Bank. The first 8,000 of you will get one on entry tonight.
The Hartford Wolf Pack are out of the gate with a 4-1-0-0 record and won their first road game of the season last night at Syracuse by a count of 4-3. The Bears are looking to make it two in a row for home opening wins, after taking a 4-1 decision from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last October 25.
(Useless?) stat of the day: the Bears won their fourth (road) game of the season last night at Utica by a score of 1-0, scoring with only 71 seconds left in regulation. The Bears also won their fourth game of the season last year – on the road – at Hartford – also by a score of 1-0. Casey Wellman ended it with 1.5 seconds left in overtime.
We have a special one-hour pre-game show on the Bears Radio Network tonight (6:00 air time), so if you’re in the building, catch us on 88.9 FM. Be sure to be here… don’t settle for sitting home listening to me babble. If you’re in the area, come out and help pack the house.
Pre-game ceremonies are set to begin around 6:55 PM… so grab your beverage, Uncle Andy’s pretzel, and be ready in your seats. Puck drop should be around 7:18 PM if all goes smoothly and I don’t mess up the player introductions.
To those of you not attending, here is how you can catch us tonight. Sincere thanks to the crew of Caps Radio 24/7, who will have tonight’s game AND tomorrow’s on the Caps Radio 24/7 and Caps apps, and online at capsradio247.com:
- WQIC-FM 100.1
- WTKT-AM 1460
- WOYK-AM 1350
- iHeartRadio app (Fox Sports 1460)
- Caps Radio 24/7
- AHL Live
Click here for tonight’s game notes to get yourself ready. Wear your Bears swag. Be loud. Have fun. And let’s #DefendTheDen!!!!