Scoring Records of the AHL's Hershey Bears
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Scoring Records of the AHL's Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears have been the foundation of the American Hockey League since 1938-39. Hershey's single season records for goals, assists and points all come from different eras of the team's AHL history.

The Hershey Bears have been a member of the American Hockey League since the beginning. The franchise is the longest standing AHL team to remain in the same city, beginning play in the league for the 1938-39 season. The individual single season records for goals, assist and points are spread across the whole spectrum of team history.

hershey bears american hockey league logo ahlAlexandre Giroux scored 60 goals in 2008-09, a rare feat for North American hockey in today’s game. The mark is the Hershey Bears record for most goals in a season and was the league lead by a 21 goal margin. Giroux was awarded the Les Cunningham Award as AHL MVP and his 97 points earned him the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league’s points leader.

Currently a member of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, Giroux played for the Bears from 2006-07 to 2009-10. Originally a seventh round pick of the Ottawa Senators at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Alexandre’s record breaking performance in 2008-09 helped Hershey to a Calder Cup victory after beating the Manitoba Moose in six games in the finals.

The record for most assists in a season for the Hershey Bears has stood since 1953-54. George ‘Red’ Sullivan led the AHL with 89 assists that season. His 119 total points was also the league lead, earning him the Sollenberger Trophy. That year, in the six team AHL, the Bears lost in the Calder Cup finals to the Cleveland Barons. Red played with the Bears from 1949-50 to 1953-54.

Sullivan became a regular in the National Hockey League the following season and led the lowly Chicago Black Hawks with 61 points in 69 games. He finished sixth in the NHL in points and third in assists. In 1958-59, with the New York Rangers, Sullivan once again found himself in the NHL’s top 10, finishing seventh in points and eighth in assists. Over his NHL career, George played with the Boston Bruins, Chicago and New York.

Tim Tookey set Hershey’s record for points in 1986-87 with 124. He led the league that season, earning the Sollenberger Trophy. He was second in goals with 51 and first in assists with 73. His numbers couldn’t help the Bears who made an early first round exit from the Calder Cup playoffs. The season before, his 97 points placed him third in the AHL.

On two other occasions during his career, Tookey surpassed the 100 point plateau. In 1991-92, his 105 points was good for second in the league and the following season his 108 placed him third. Tim played just over 100 games in the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals, Quebec Nordiques, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. Tookey was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2008.

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