Hershey Bears Alumni: September 2008

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.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jared Aulin

Usually it works the other way, an aspiring college hockey star signs with a professional team with the dreams of playing in the NHL. Former former Hershey Bears forward Jared Aulin career has been just the opposite. Aulin was a star player for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League before being drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. During the 2002-2003 season Aulin made it to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. Aulin played in 17 games an recorded a couple goals. From there it was stops in AHL cities like Manchester, Hershey, Springfield and Portland - never to return to the NHL.

While with the Hershey Bears, Aulin played 61 games and registered 39 points. The Calgary native was a member of the Calder Cup Championship team.

After a dissapointing 2006-2007 season with the Springfield Falcons, Aulin decided to walk away from professional hockey. Aulin headed to The University of Calgary and enrolled in Open Studies and instantly became a star for the Dinos of the Canada West college hockey league.

Aulin scored 34 points in just 16 games with the Dinos.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mike Haworth (1955-2008)

Mike Haworth spent three season with the Hershey Bears between 1979 and 1982. He averaged over 250 minutes in penalties a season and was a key member of the 1980 Calder Cup Championship team. Following is a local report on the helicopter crash that claimed his life in mid-August.

"A local helicopter pilot has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash at the headwaters of Legate Creek northeast of the city on Aug. 13.
Mike Haworth, 53, was the only person on board the helicopter, owned by Quantum Helicopters of Terrace, when it crashed around 11:00 am.
He was evacuated from the crash site and airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Aug. 14.
The helicopter had been chartered by a mining company, and at the time of the accident was moving a 1,500-lb. drill part on a sling from one site to another."
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Dave MacIsaac

Dave MacIsaac played a mere 32 games with the Hershey Bears in 2001-2002. That is four games less than he played the following season in Russia. The American-born defenseman spent most of his American Hockey League patrolling the blueline for the Philadelphia Phantoms.

After his AHL days were done, macIsaac spent time in Italy, the ECHL and then the UHL with the Danbury Trashers. The Trashers never really caught on and MacIsaac was on his way back to Italy before finally calling it a career.

The Trashers failed to lure enough fans to the rink but MacIsaac believes the new Danbury Madhatters of the new EPHL will make a go at it. MacIsaac becomes the first Head Coach of the Madhatters as the 2008-2009 season sets to begin.