Hershey Bears Alumni: August 2006

Hershey Bears of the past. A Blog devoted to the past players of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears. Once a week a former Bear will be profiled. Learn about the individuals who made the Bears the greatest team in minor league hockey history.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Roger DeJordy

A great, great scorer while wearing the Chocolate and Black of the Bears. DeJordy played in Central Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1970. Although he never lead the Bears in single season scoring, the Quebec native ranks 5th all-time in goals with 222 and 7th overall with 448 points while with the Bears.
At last contact, Dejordy was living in Edmonton and working part-time at Edmonton Northlands Race Track. Prior to the track, DeJordy took an early retirement from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he managed the ice arena for 27 years.
One of DeJordy's greatest memories in hockey was the Calder Cup Championship won with the Bears in 1969.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Daniel "Butch" Bouchard

When contacted a couple years ago for a "Where Are They Now?" article for the Hershey Bears game program, Dan Bouchard was living in Marietta, Georgia and coaching hockey at Life University.
Bouchard played in 655 NHL games with the Atlanta Flames, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets. Bouchard won 286 NHl games. However, it was with the Hershey Bears that the Quebec native picked up his first professional victory.
After a successful Ontario Hockey Association season with the Londo Knights, Bouchard turned pro with the Bears in 1970. Bouchard played 36 games while posting a goals against average of 3.13.
Bouchard was a pioneer of sorts, he was one of the first goalies to play with a curved stick. Today, Bouchard spends as much time as possible on the golf course.

Alvin "Buck" Jones

My favorite Hershey Bears player of all-time. Alvin "Buck" Jones played for the Chocolate and White from 1948 to 1950. His stint in Hershey was well after his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1930s and 1940s. Jones played a total of 131 NHL games and was know as a tough defenseman who battled toe to toe with Boston Bruin great Eddie Shore.
While with the Red Wings, Jones played with future Hall of Famers Sid Abel, Tiny Thompson, Herbie Lewis, Marty Barry, Charlie Conacher and Syd Howe.
According to Jones, "I do believe the two seasons I was in Hershey were the most memorable years in my hockey career."
His summers in Hershey were spent landscaping at the Hershey Hotel. Gardening remains an interest for the 88 year old resident of Tampa. Jones and his wife, Anna Kay, also are active as volunteers at Tampa General Hospital.
Jones's two sons didn't follow in Buck's footsteps. Each earned football scholarships to Division I schools.
(Photos: Jones with the Bears, Jones at his residence at 222 Cocoa Avenue in Hershey)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Scotty Alexander Dies at Age 93

Earlier this week William "Scotty" Alexander passed away at the age of 93. Alexander played a single game for the Bears in the 1950's. Alexander moved from Baltimore to Hershey and became the Bears trainer in the mid-1940s. A position he held well into the 1970s.
His single game was during the 1953-54 season in Buffalo as a replacement for the injured Gordie "Red" Henry. According to Obie O'Brien, "We had 16 players and a trainer. He played well for us but we lost. We tried to let him see the puck and push people out in front of him." Alexander also served as backup goaltender in 1940 with the old Baltinore Orioles of the Eastern League.
Alexander fame in Hershey is legendary. From Scotty Alexander puck night to a feature picture and article in the game day program, the former trainer is betterr known then many former players. To former Bear players ,he is mentioned in the same breath as Mike Nykoluk and Frank Mathers.
(photos: Alexander featured on the cover of a game program & rare 1940 picture of Alexander in a Baltimore Orioles Eastern Hockey League uniform)