Join our friends at Euro Stars for Pre-Tryout Clinics! Each clinic will feature 30 minutes of dryland training followed by an hour of on ice instruction. Goalie training is available at each clinic. For registration, dates, times and information, please visit eurostarhockey.org. For additional questions contact Artie at email@example.com, or (704) 345-7484.
Join us for our first of two town halls, this Sunday February 5, 2023, at 8pm. It will be at HersheyPark Arena, in the Bears Den. We want to hear from you on what you want out of the Hershey Jr. Bears hockey program!
If you are not familiar with the Arena, there is door to the Bears Den on the front of the building. You can also access it from inside the arena. Directions are on our Rinks Page Here.
At this time we are soliciting your feedback on what you would like to see from our program for next season. Use the following link to complete a feedback survey. We will discuss the results at our upcoming town hall meeting where parents are invited to come and ask questions and give feedback. Stay tuned to the site for dates and times.
Hershey Jr. Bears 2023 – 2024 Travel Season
With the ever-changing landscape of youth hockey in central PA, we want to take a moment to offer information and give direction for the upcoming 2023-2024 season. The Jr. Bears welcome our returning families as well as any new first-time families to the Hershey Jr. Bears Organization.
As a general overview, our Travel Hockey Program is registered with USA Hockey and the Delaware Valley Hockey League (DVHL) as well as the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). EJEPL games are used to supplement our DVHL league schedule in addition to any tournaments your team decides to compete in.
It is the organization’s plan to have teams at all levels for the 2023-2024 season. Ideally, we would like to field multiple teams at all levels as possible in order to properly place players based on skill level, experience, and optimal development paths. Hershey will compete at the Tier II level AA-B and plans to include a 6u beginner travel team at the mite level.
• Mite (5-8 years old)
• Squirt (9-10 years old)
• PeeWee (11-12 years old)
• Bantam (13-14 years old)
• Midget (15-18 years old)
Pricing: For the upcoming 2023-24 season the travel hockey program anticipates prices to remain similar to the 2022-23 season. This pricing model is one of the least expensive in the entire area. Feel free to browse the 2022-23 guide here.
Evaluations: Travel evaluations will take place at the end of March for Mite - PeeWee and mid-April for Bantam – Midget. Specific dates and pricing will be available shortly. All players must be registered with USA hockey.
Rinks: Practices and games will be held at some of the most amazing arenas in youth hockey. They will be held in the historic Hersheypark Arena and Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears.
What’s included in the price: The total price will include approximately 25 weeks of practices, 3 projected tournaments, game uniforms (jersey, socks, shells), practice jersey, discounts on power skating or goaltender training. For mites, there is anticipated 30-35 games. For all other levels A & B there is estimated 40-45 games. For AA levels, there is anticipated 45-50 games.
Power Skating, Hockey Skills & Goaltending Sessions: The Jr Bears are looking to partner with Euro Star hockey development for power skating, hockey skills and goaltender training sessions. Some sessions will require an additional cost but will be discounted for HJB members. Full schedule for this is undetermined at this time but there is a hope for at least twice a month sessions to help supplement your players skating, skills and goaltending abilities. www.Eurostarhockey.org
Travel Coaches: All coaches in the Jr Bears travel organization will be USA Hockey certified, certifications that are reimbursed to the coaches. The coaches for each level for the 2023-24 season are not determined at this time but it is the mission of the Jr Bears to provide non-parent coaches at each age group. (PeeWee-Midget) This would come at an additional cost to teams with this benefit.
Advantages of HJBs over other programs:
Longest Hockey Tradition and program in the area
Playing at two amazing arenas: Historic HersheyPark Arena and Giant Center
The Travel program offers elevated competition without the need for endless travel and endless amounts of games. Playing in the DVHL and EJEPL hockey leagues, HJB travel teams enjoy a comfortable and competitive 30-50 game season depending on the level with travel rarely exceeding 2 hours. Why is this important? It allows our players to be well rounded individuals and pursue other interests even during the hockey season. Whether they want to also compete with their middle or high school teams, or participate in music or social events, our travel program provides skill development and social balance. Especially our older age groups, allowing them to have a balance and will not burn them out.
We feel our program offers one of the lowest costs in the area. The Board of Directors feel you will get the most bang for your buck here with the Hershey Jr. Bears.
Still Have Questions: We know that not everything is spelled out at this time, but we want to build our program around what you are looking for in your youth hockey program. In an effort to assist with that, we will have two town hall meetings where you can come ask questions and give your suggestions on what you hope to see for the 2023-2024 season. We will be hosting two town hall gatherings, times and dates will be posted on our website. Please continue to check our website, www.hersheyjrbears.org for updated information.
The Hershey Jr Bears squirt team can hold their heads high as they took 5th in the international tournament in Pelham Ontario over the weekend. The team went 2-2 and missed the final four by a one goal tie-breaker. They started the weekend strong with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Jr Sharks, scoring in the final minute of the game. The second game against the Barrie Colts was a great back and forth matchup and was tied 0-0 until 3 minutes remaining in the game when Barrie broke the ice and ultimately won the game. The following day the HJBs took down the New Mexico Ice Wolves 5-2. In the final game the Bears took on host team Pelham and lost in a heart breaker 4-3 where a tie would have sent them to the final four.
Despite the outcome the team had a blast and was the fan favorite at the tournament as they handed each team a 5lb chocolate bar in the spirit of good sportsmanship and they were the most popular at the opening ceremonies with their pins that all weekend players and parents would ask to purchase additional pins.
We congratulate our HJBs in representing the Hershey program so well. Great job Bears!
Only one week away from the Hershey Jr Bears traveling to Canada to participate in the International Silver Sticks competition in Pelham, Ontario. The schedule is set and they will have the opportunity to play some great teams from around North America including The San Jose Jr. Sharks, Barrie Colts, New Mexico Ice Wolves, and host team Pelham Jr Panthers. The team is excited and looking forward to a unique hockey experience. In addition to the tournament, the team has plans to meet and exchange pins with the other teams at the opening ceremonies. They will have a team dinner at Niagara Falls and time permitting hope to head to the Hockey Hall of Fame or catch a National Hockey League game.
We wish our squirt team the best of luck and regardless of the outcome hope the players and families have an unbelievable time. Go Bears!!!
What the partnership between EJEPL and DVHL means for the Hershey Jr Bears.
The Hershey Jr Bears organization is excited to announce that our Travel and House Teams will continue to play home games and conduct practices next season (2022-2023) in 3 local area rinks including Historic Hershey Park Arena and Giant Center in Hershey.
The Jr Bears are the Midstate region's longest-tenured youth hockey program and are excited to continue our tradition of offering a broad array of youth hockey programs for players of all ages next season. In 2022-2023, the Jr Bears will be participating in the DVHL, along with the exciting new opportunities that develop from the partnership between the DVHL and the EJEPL. Please see the attached press release for information on that topic.
As always, we want to give many thanks to all our loyal players, coaches and hockey families for all they do! If you are interested in continuing to volunteer or are interested in starting to volunteer as a Coach, Manager or other role for the first time, stayed tuned to this site for an update on our forthcoming Coaches & Managers meeting for 2022-2023 which will be occurring shortly after the start of the New Year.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Let's Go JrBears!!!