HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears will open its 75th AHL season on the road on Saturday, October 13 at Syracuse.
Unfortunately for Hershey, it's longest stretch of road games occurs at the end of the season, from April 7-20; including trips to Providence and Portland.
The Bears' longest homestand of the season is a four-game stretch from December 15-26.
Hershey will also host the winter on the 2013 Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday, January 20 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
In all, Hershey will face off against 18 of 29 possible AHL opponents. The club will play every team in the Eastern Conference and four in the Western Conference. Additionally, the Bears will be spending more time north of the United States border before the season draws to a close.
The Norfolk Admirals have a unique situation of affiliating with a new NHL franchise after capturing last spring’s Calder Cup championship. Now the top developmental club of the Anaheim Ducks, the Admirals will host Hershey on Wednesday, November 28 at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals will also play host one week later on Thursday, December 6 in the Washington AHL Showcase at Verizon Center, the home of the Bears' parent team, the Washington Capitals.
The two teams meet in Hershey for the first time on Saturday, December 1.