Hershey Bears Alumni: Jeff Buchanan

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.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Jeff Buchanan

Defenseman Jeff Buchanan was never drafted by an NHL team but still had a long professional career. He spent a lot of time on the ice as a rookie with Gretzky. His 282 penalty minutes indicate he was there to protect Gretzky. That's Brent Gretzky of the Atlanta Knights. In 1992, he came out of the Western Hockey League and signed on with the Atlanta Knights of the International Hockey League. For the next seven season the Swift Current native toiled in the "I" never getting the shot at the NHL.
In 1998, Buchanan made the switch to the American Hockey League and the Hershey Bears. Buchanan played in only 38 games for the Bears, but something very important happened in his final professional season. The Colorado Avalanche summoned Buchanan from Hershey and he played in six NHL games. He didn't score any points and only managed to pick up 3 minor penalties. However, he made it.
Today, Buchanan remains in Central Pennsylvania. He , like former Bear Mark Freer, works as an Account Manager for Wealth Management of Hershey.


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