Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!
It’s the seventh straight year for this pre-NFL Championship game here at GIANT Center, and the 16th Super Sunday Hershey Bears contest in team history.
Some of you will remember January 12, 1969. The Green Bay Packers won the first-ever NFL title 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs – two of the long-time rivals in pro football. On that same date, the two eldest AHL franchises battled, but the Rochester Americans came away with a 4-3 home-ice victory over the Bears.
Later that year, Hershey would go on to win its fourth Calder Cup title.
The Bears also won two other Calder Cups in the same year that they played on Super Sunday:
January 20, 1980 at Nova Scotia (2-2 tie)
Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA (Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19)
February 7, 2010 vs. W-B/Scranton (5-4 win)
Super Bowl XLIV at Miami Gardens, Miami, FL (New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17)
Obviously there is no correlation here, but it’s neat to look back in history, isn’t it?
Recent history has proven well for these Super Bowl tilts. Hershey is 5-0-1-0 in its last six. Last year, Hershey defeated the Norfolk Admirals 2-0.
All time, Hershey is 7-5-3 on Super Sunday.
Let’s hope today is as super as the last two nights have been, as the Bears have outscored their opponents 11-3 combined.
Binghamton is in today, with a lineup of 10 forwards and eight defensemen. Other than in goal (Dan Ellis vs. the Senators today), the Bears’ front 18 are the same as last night.
Pre-game hits the air at 1:20.
GO BEARS!!! (And GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!)