Hershey Bears Alumni: November 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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Lorne Davis

"I loved Hershey. We got to know most of the fans. In the bigger cities the fans disappear after the games. In Hershey, you would see them in town or out shopping. I also enjoyed driving around the area. I would take trips to Gettysburg and Hanover Farms, " Lorne Davis (2001).
It is hard to believe the number of towns and cities Davis played in during his 15 year professional career. Try Victoria, Montreal, Vancouver, Buffalo, Edmonton, Detroit, Chicago , Providence, Boston, Saskatoon, Muskegon, Winnipeg and of course Hershey. In the time of the six team NHL, Davis played for four of them.
Davis spent the mid 1950's with the Bears playing right wing. Davis tallied 114 games over 177 games while in Hershey. The Regina native also played just under 100 NHL games.
After his playing career, Davis became a scout. He spent 34 years scouting and also served as Co-Coach of the 1980 Canadian Olympic Team at Lake Placid. As a member of the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff, Davis was involved in the selection of Grant Fuhr and Paul Coffey.
Like so many other Bears alumni, Davis enjoys golfing when he gets the opportunity. Davis never got too far from home, he still lives in Regina.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pete Ford

Pete Ford played 223 with the Hershey Bears in the late 1960's. He never made it to the NHL. Ford turned pro in 1962 in the old Eastern Professional Hockey League and finally called it quits in 1974 after a season with the Macon Whoopees of the Southern Hockey League. From there it was senior hockey in Ontario. The American League was as good as it got for Ford. He also played parts of three seasons with the rival Baltimore Clippers. However, his ultimate achievement in the AHL was winning the Calder Cup as a member of the 1969 Bears.
The 64-year old is currently a resident of beautiful Gananoque, Ontario an at last report was the owner of a house painting business.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ed Chadwick

"I wish I could have finished my career in Hershey."
Goaltender Ed Chadwick spent 2 seasons in the early 1960's with the Hershey Bears and fell in love with the community. In a 2000 interview Chadwick reflected on his time in Central Pennsylvania. "We lived in the apartments behind the arena and near the zoo. My daughter got to know the zookeeper and she use to feed the animals. The guys that worked at the area also worked at the rides during the summer. They would take care of the kids. We would just send them over to the park."
Chadwick also spent a significant amount of time in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. When his playing career was over Chadwick moved into the scouting role. Chadwick was instrumental in drafting Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin while with the New York Islanders. His last 19 years were spent scouting for the Edmonton Oilers.
Chadwick is now retired and spend the majority of his time in Fort Erie, Ontario

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Ralph Willis

Ralph Willis spent two seasons patrolling the blueline at the old HersheyPark Arena. "They were great times, it was a great town to play hockey in. Coming out of junior everybody wanted to play in Hershey, " accordiing to Willis.
The professional career for Willis was short. After the two seasons in Hershey, Willis was off to Windsor and Quebec to play senior amateur hockey. When hockey was over Willis went into the family business as a butcher. In his spare time Willis also raised a few standard bred horses.
The 73 year old now makes his home in the Ontario wine region of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hec Lalande

Hec Lalande was from North Bay and he never got too far away from the Northern Ontario city. Lalande broke into the NHL during the 1953-54 season with the Chicago Blackhawks and continued playing with various professional teams until 1968. In between the centerman played 266 games for the Hershey Bears. He also picked up two Calder Cup Championships with the Bears. As a member of the Bears, Lalande scored over 200 points and led the AHL in assists and points in the 1961 playoffs.
After hockey Lalande coached local hockey and baseball teams in North Bay. He also was active in organizing and coaching sled hockey for disabled athletes. It seems many former players remember the Hershey area for the golf, for Lalande it was the hunting available in the area.
Lalande has three children, two of which were born in Central Pennsylvania. One in Harrisburg and one in Hershey.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Guido Tenesi

To fans of the classic hockey movie "Slapshot" Guido Tenesi is better known as the Charlestown Chiefs pretty boy Billy Charlebois. In the 1977 movie Charlebois hails from Moose Jaw, but in real life Tenesi is originally from Detroit. The American headed to Oshawa to play junior hockey and was eventually drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tenesi's stay in Hershey was short. The defenseman played a total of 14 games over 2 seasons in the mid-1970s. Tenesi never scored a point with the Bears. His most productive seasons came as a member of the Eastern League's Johnstown Jets.
At last report, Tenesi was living in the Toronto area and was in the pool cleaning business