Eight WHL Grads help Hershey Bears capture Calder Cup
Calgary, AB — The Hershey Bears were crowned AHL Champions after winning the 2010 Calder Cup with a 4-0 defeat over the Texas Stars in Game 6 of the Calder Cup final on Monday night.
The Bears, who won their second straight Calder Cup and the 11th in their franchise history, feature eight WHL graduates who appeared in at least one game during their run to the AHL Championship including goaltender Braden Holtby, defensemen Karl Alzner, Patrick Wellar and Dylan Yeo, and forwards Cody Eakin, Simon Ferguson, Boyd Kane and Ashton Rome.
Holtby played 177 regular-season games for the Saskatoon Blades from 2006-09, and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star team in 2008-09. The 20-year-old from Lloydminster, SK, appeared in three post-season contests in the back-up role for the Bears on their playoff run, posting a 2-1 record.
Alzner, a Burnaby, B.C., native, played four seasons for the Calgary Hitmen from 2004-08, and was named the 2007-08 WHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year. The Washington Capitals’ first-round pick, 5th overall, at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Alzner appeared in 20 playoff games for the Hershey Bears, scoring three goals and 10 points to go with a +7 rating.
Wellar, a product of Carrot River, SK, played four seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and the Calgary Hitmen from 2000-04. The 26-year-old appeared in all 21 of the Bears’ post-season contests en route to the Calder Cup Championship, notching six assists.
Yeo, a Prince Albert, SK, native, spent four seasons in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars and the Calgary Hitmen from 2003-07. The 23-year-old got into two games for the Hershey Bears in the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs.
Eakin, a Winnipeg, MB, product, just wrapped up his third WHL campaign with the Swift Current Broncos before joining the Bears for their Calder Cup run. The 19-year-old scored 47 goals and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star team this season. A third-round pick of the Washington Capitals, Eakin appeared in five post-season games for the Bears.
Ferguson spent five seasons in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Kelowna Rockets from 1999-04, capturing the WHL Championship in 2003 and the Memorial Cup in 2004 with the Rockets. Ferguson, a Langley, B.C., product, got into one post-season game for the Hershey Bears during their playoff campaign.
Kane, from Swift Current, SK, played four seasons in the WHL with the Regina Pats from 1994-98, notching 48 goals and 93 points in his final season in 1997-98. The 32-year-old appeared in 21 playoff games for the Bears en route to earning his third Calder Cup championship.
Rome, a Nesbitt, MB, native, played four seasons in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Red Deer Rebels and Kamloops Blazers from 2002-06. The 24-year-old suited up in 16 games for the Bears, notching two goals and three points.