Hershey Bears Alumni: January 2007

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.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Bill Inglis

With his hockey career behind him, Bill Inglis spends the majority of his working at a Fort Worth, Texas golf course. There is still time to play plenty of time golfing and still makes the occasional trip to his summer residence in Pembroke, Ontario.
Inglis had two single season stints with Hershey in the 1970's. Inglis led the Bears in scoring in both of his seasons with Hershey. The Ottawa native registered 138 points in 147 games with the Bears.
Inglis played in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings and during the 1978-79 season he coached the Buffalo Sabres to a 28-19 record.
One Bears game that sticks out in the mind of Inglis was January 5, 1975. "I remember playing the Russians. The big, bad Russians. The arena was sold out. I guess I got lucky and scored a hat trick. We wound up winning 10-7. It was a great game. I remember the Russian coach said afterwards 'We will kidnap that Inglis kid and take him back to Russia'."

Friday, January 19, 2007

Terry Ewasiuk

"Being part of winning the Calder Cup in 1974 was very exciting. The ability of the team to come back in games was incredible, compiling a record of 12 wins in 14 games. Winning 10 straight playoff games was a league record. We battled back in nine of them to win. Add in we won 4 of 5 sudden death overtime games," remembers left wing Terry Ewasiuk.
The Edmonton, Alberta resident was selected in the 1973 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also picked by the Chicago Cougars of the old World Hockey Association.
Ewasiuk played for the Bears between 1973 and 1975. He contributed 71 points over the two seasons and was an important cog in the run to the Bears only Calder Cup victory of the 70's.
At last report, Ewasiuk had over 20 years of service in as a Operation Tech for Dow Chemical. The Smoky Lake, Alberta native is married with three children.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bob Solinger

Five Calder Cup Championships. Bob Solinger is one of three players to have won the Calder Cup with three different teams. Thankfully, two of them came while he was patrolling the left wing for the Hershey Bears. The Cup victories came in 1958 and 1959.
Solinger played 225 games with the Bears and tallied 156 points between 1956 and 1960. Other AHL stops included the Cleveland Barons and Pittsburgh Hornets. Solinger was named the 1948 AHL Rookie of the Year.
With all of his AHL accomplishments, the Star City, Saskatchewan native played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
After hockey, Solinger spent 18 years as a Labor Supervisor for the Government of Alberta. Today, Solinger spends the majority of his time in Mesa, Arizona and still enjoys an occasional game of golf.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Claude Vilgrain

Is it possible there was an AHL and NHL player born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti? The answer is yes. Claude Vilgrain was born on March 1, 1963 in Haiti. Vilgrain played his junior hockey in Quebec and then headed to the University of Moncton. Along the way, he was drafted in 1982 by the Detroit Red Wings. He then played several years for the Canadian National Team before landing in the AHL in 1988 with the Utica Devils. Vilgrain played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Calgary resident spent the 1993-94 season with the Bears. The right winger scored 30 goals and registered 83 points in his lone season in Hershey.
Commenting on Hershey in a 2004 interview, "It was the best place I played - and I played in a lot of places. I remember the family atmosphere and the warmth and kindness of the people."
Today, Vilgrain is an Economic Development Agent for "La Chambre economique de l'Alberta."