There are not to many pre-1980 Hershey Bears living outside North America. The vast majority of players came from Canada and a few from America thrown into the mix. During the 1977-78 AHL season the Hershey Bears employed 7 different goalies (one more than the 2006-07 season).
Swedish native Goran Hogosta was one of them. Today Hogosta lives in Falun, Sweden with his wife. They are proud parents of a son and daughter and at last count two grandchildren.
It is hard to imagine many HersheyPark Arena fans knew the fabulous international career of Hogosta. The goalie only played 23 games in Hershey. As a member of Team Sweden he was named "Best Goalie" at the 1977 World Championships in Vienna. He took home medals at the 1975, 1976, and 1977 World Championships before signing with the New York Islanders.
In fact, he only played nine minutes for the Islanders- sharing a 9-0 shutout of the Atlanta Flames with Billy Smith.
Hogosta was eventually traded to the Quebec Nordiques where he played just over 20 games before returning to Sweden to conclude his career.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Hogosta is employed as a salesman for Carlsberg Brewery. Hogosta enjoyed Hershey as it reminded him of the small town of Leksand (Sweden) where he played many years.