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Hershey Jr Bears and surrounding Community say Goodbye to a Great friend and man- GREGG MACE

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Mr Mace has covered sports in the Hershey/Harrisburg Area with Whtm 27 News for nearly four decades and while he was a fixture in the Arena and Giant Center for Hershey Bears coverage as well as Harrisburg Senators and other sports he covered, Greg has run several reports and spotlighted the Hershey Jr Bears program many times over the years. He treated the kids, Coaches and parents as if they were AHL/NHL players themselves. Gregg was a very caring, kind and amazing man. He will be missed dearly around the Rinks. Sincerest condolences to Kyle, Caroline and the rest of the Mace/WHTM 27 News family. He will never be forgotten.

Back by popular demand!

THE HERSHEY JR BEARS 2020 DISCOUNT CARD FUNDRAISER IS HERE!!!

All HJB Travel & House Players have a chance to win great prizes for themselves and their team, while earning money for the organization!

WHAT IS IT? The Jr Bears have partnered with 16 NATIONAL & LOCAL restaurants and retail stores who are offering money-saving discounts to Jr Bears Card holders. The discounts are good from NOW through the end of 2020. Great places like Primanti Bros, Arooga's, Chocolate Avenue Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's, Fuddruckers and more.

HOW MUCH DOES A CARD COST? -- the discount card costs $20 to the consumer, and funds go to support costs of HJB hockey including ice time, uniforms, training equipment, the annual banquet and more.

HOW'S IT WORK? -- each HJB player is asked to sell as many cards as they can, beginning this week. As special motivation, between NOW and January 5, 2020, there are SPECIAL Incentive PRIZES that each Player AND Team can win:

* The 3 HJB teams that sell the most cards combined will receive a FREE Team Pizza Party, worth up to $250 of food & beverages!

Each individual player can win GIFT CARD prizes for themselves. The more cards they sell, the better their prize and there is no limit on how many Gift Cards they can win:

* 5 cards sold = $20 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* 15 cards sold = $50 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* 25 cards sold = $100 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* As an extra bonus, the top 15 sellers will receive a FREE Hershey Jr Bears T-Shirt!

* SUPERSTAR Bonus = any player that sells 150 or more cards will receive FREE player registration for the 2020-2021 Season!!!

HOW DO WE GET STARTED? -- all teams' managers will receive an email with the Official Order Form for the HJB Discount Card in the next day, and a batch of cards will be delivered to them this week.

Managers need to give very player on each team an order form to find out how many cards they will need and players can begin selling immediately by going door-to-door, selling to family and friends, at places of work (where permitted) and for those interested, we have permission from some restaurants to set up a table in front of their location (DM us here for details on which partners).

Players collect the money, turn it in to their manager, who then turns it into HJB Board of Directors Fundraising Director, Doug Hummer.

The Incentive Program listed runs through 11:59pm EDT January 5, 2020. Team performance is measured at that point and the 3 winning teams announced later that week.

Good luck with your selling and LET'S GO JUNIOR BEARS!!!


Hersheypark Arena Parking Update

Dear Hershey Jr. Bears Hockey Family,

Please Note that the HersheyPark Arena Front Parking Lot (between the Arena and the Stadium) will be OPEN on Weekdays until December 9th. 

The only exception to this is Fridays after 4:00pm, when that lot will NOT be accessible due to HersheyPark being open for Christmas Candylane.

Please note and plan accordingly for your weekday practices and games parking and dropoff arrangements.

Map attached for your reference.

On behalf of the Hershey Jr. Bears Board of Governors, we apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and support.

Thank you for being a special part of Hershey Jr. Bears Hockey! Go Bears!

Sincerely;

Linda Umberger, President Hershey Jr. Bears


HJB GIRLS INTRO TO HOCKEY

ANNOUNCING THE HJB GIRLS INTRO TO HOCKEY PROGRAM

The Hershey Jr Bears are proud to announce a brand new, FREE learn to play hockey program exclusively for GIRLS! The HJB Girls Intro to Hockey has been created to introduce girls of any age in the area to the great sport of hockey -- no experience needed, and best of all -- it's FREE!!!

Come learn the basics of ice hockey -- skating, passing, shooting and more -- on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm on "The Puddle" mini rink at Twin Ponds East under the watchful eyes of our coaching staff.

No prior hockey experience needed. As long as you can stand on the ice in skates, you're good to go! Here are the details:

* All players must wear a protective helmet on the ice -- please bring one if you have it, otherwise we'll try to provide one

* Hockey Gloves and Hockey Stick are recommended, so if you have them, please bring. If not, we will provide what we can.

Session Dates include the following Sundays:

* November 10th
* November 17th 
* December 8th 
* December 15th 
* January 12th 
* January 19th

We look forward to seeing all the hockey girls of the Central PA region at the sessions! Any questions, please DM us or email program director Kurt Staller at kurt.staller@amwater.com


usa hockey directive

Welcome!

The Hershey Jr. Bears would like to welcome and introduce new Board Members!   

Melissa Darr - Fundraising Assistant and Banquet Coordinator

Seth Mullen - Safe Sport Assistant


Remembering John Devaney

Long time Scholarship and Finance Director BOD member John Devaney has passed away on October 24, 2019.

He has served on the HJB Board of Directors for many years and will be missed.

For more information about services CLICK HERE 


Helmets, Gloves & More!

The form below is for the upcoming 2019-2020 Hershey Jr. Bears season!

We have included a couple different helmets and a couple pairs of  gloves for you to choose from. The helmets can be bought either with a cage or without, if your child prefers to use something other than the stock cage. 

Also included, are a couple of different apparel items. We have the traditional track suit. Some of the new items are a winter jacket, a hoodie, a hat and different bags.  The prices are all below retail. 

The skate suit, anorak jacket, winter jacket and the hat will come embroidered with the HJB logo.  The bags and hoodie will have the HJB logo screen printed on it.

We are planning on doing a second order near the start of the season.

All orders are due by October 1st.

Please direct all questions to Collin Stough at collinstough@gmail.com 


AAHA Zero Tolerance Video

Please watch this 3 minute video regarding the AAHA Zero Tolerance Policy.

CLICK HERE

 



safesport update

SafeSport – Attached below are highlights and the memo summarizing SafeSport. 

  1. The US Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over all allegations of Sexual Misconduct and has discretionary jurisdiction over other possible SafeSport allegations.
    1. Basically any adult, covered by USAH, is considered a mandatory reporter and if any such person learns of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of Child Abuse,

the adult shall as soon as possible report the suspected abuse to both the US Center for SafeSport and to applicable law enforcement authorities.

  1. SafeSport Training;
    1. Beginning this season, SafeSport training is required every year.  However if you completed training in the most recent season (2018-19) you will retain valid training status for 2019-20.
    2. All (whether registered with USAH or not) board members of the clubs and affiliates are to have SafeSport training.  There will be audits conducted to assure all required have been trained. 
    3. All players born in 2002 and earlier that are playing on a team with players under 18 are required to have SafeSport training prior to being put on the roster.
    4. USAH will offer and give training to minor athletes with age-specific training, this will not be required for the minor athletes except for “c” above.
  2. Screening will move to a national program administered by USAH starting the 2020-21 season.  The US Olympic Committee is still in the process of finalizing background screening policies, hopefully finalizing by September this year.
    1. The USAH national program will still require the Pennsylvania individuals to still follow PA law for screening.  THIS WILL NOT REPLACE THE PA SCREENING REQUIREMENTS.

j. bruce mckinney scholarship

Applications for financial assistance through the J. Bruce McKinney Scholarship fund are available by clicking the link below.

J. Bruce McKinney Scholarship fund application 

The purpose of the application form is to gain information to review your request for an award from the fund.

Deadline for application is August 31, 2019.



2019-2020 Travel Hockey Registration

The on-line registration is now open!

Click on banner to register for the 2019 - 2020 HJB Travel Hockey Season.

 

Hershey 2019-2020 Travel Hockey Program Guide

The Hershey Jr Bears are proud to announce the details of our 2019-2020 Travel Hockey programs. Please click on the image above for details on our Travel Hockey programs for ALL age levels. 

 

Thank You for your support of the HJB program and Let's Go Jr Bears!!!

 

Midget U18 A - DVHL Finalists

Congratulations to the HJB's U18 A team for earning second place overall in the DVHL Playoffs!

Pictured is (left to right) Hayden Drake (A), Tyler Shearer (C) and Jacob DelAvecchia (A)



Hockey learn-to-skate!

Beginning Hockey skating classes are available!
These lessons are developed in conjunction with USA Hockey and will develop or strengthen the skills needed for beginning and advanced beginning players.  A look at the hockey curriculum is available clicking on the link below. 

In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations.

Necessary equipment: • Hockey skates • HECC Approved Hockey Helmet

Use this LTS registration link, (click)  for more information and be sure to select the Hockey Track when asked. 

Let's go bears!!!
 


House Registration open for Squirt Level only

(click banner above to register)
House League Registration is still open for Squirt Level ages 9-10 year olds. Just a few spots remain..

All other Levels are maxed out as deadline has passed.

 

2019-2020 Brochure Below

2018-19 End of season banquet video below


click below for official HJB merch & apparel


HJB ONLINE STORE (click on above image)