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Hudson Valley Bears
Hudson Valley Bears
City: Poughkeepsie, New York
Newburgh, New York
League: Eastern Professional Hockey League
Founded: 2008
Home Arena: Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Ice Time Sports Complex
Colors:      Black

     Gold      Blue

Owner(s): Curtis Russell
General Manager: Phil Esposito
Head Coach: Phil Esposito
Media: Poughkeepsie Journal
Franchise history
2008 to 2009: Hudson Valley Bears

The Hudson Valley Bears were an ice hockey team in the Eastern Professional Hockey League. They split their home games between the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, New York.

HistoryEdit

2008-2009Edit

The Hudson Valley Bears were founded in 2008 as an Eastern Professional Hockey League expansion team. The Bears were the savior of the league. The Bears were founded to be the 4th team in the league and save the EPHL season after Copper City Chiefs and New Hampshire Freeze folded. The Bears had little success during their first season, as they finished their inaugural regular season at 3-45-1-1, finished dead last and missing the playoffs by 54 pts. They also finished last in attendance with average attendance 235.[1]

In October 2008, weeks before the first games were scheduled, two franchises pulled out, leaving three teams. Rather than postpone the season, a replacement was cobbled together: the Hudson Valley Bears, who played their home games in Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, New York.[2]

The Bears’ roster was drawn from a pool of nearly 100 “local guys with part-time jobs,” as Jim Riggs, the league commissioner, put it. [3]

RosterEdit

Goaltenders
# Player Pos. Catches Height Weight Place of Birth
30 Flag of the United States Len DiCostanzo G R 5' 10" 185 lbs. Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA
33 Flag of the United States Vincent Januska G R Chester, New York, USA
85 Flag of Germany Tim Schneider G L 5' 7" 165 lbs Düsseldorf, NRW, GER
Defensemen
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
3 Flag of the United States Dan Malloy D L 6' 2" 215 lbs. Stamford, Connecticut, USA
4 Flag of the United States Chris Sullivan D R 6' 3" 195 lbs. South Windsor, Connecticut, USA
5 Flag of the United States Chris Clark D R 6' 3" 215 lbs. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
15 Flag of the United States Tony Troccia D R Brick, New Jersey, USA
32 Flag of the United States TJ Cline D L 6' 1" 220 lbs. Buffalo, New York, USA
77 Flag of the United States Gabe Yeung D R 6' 5" 230 lbs. Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Forwards
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
10 Flag of the United States Jerry Cardinale F L 5' 9" 165 lbs. Brooklyn, New York, USA
12 Flag of the United States Scott Horvath F R 6' 2" 225 lbs. West Redding, Connecticut, USA
14 Flag of the United States John Geverd F R 5' 11" 217 lbs. Hooksett, New Hampshire, USA
15 Flag of the United States Kevin Kaminski F R
16 Flag of the United States Joey Grasso C R 6' 0" 185 lbs. Long Island, New York, USA
17 Flag of the United States Jeff Pozzuto F R 6'1" 180 lbs. Butler, Pennsylvania, USA
18 Flag of the United States Tom Westfall F R 6' 5" 220 lbs. Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
19 Flag of the United States Scotty Estey F L 5' 11" 190 lbs. Highland Falls, New York, USA
20 Flag of the United States Joe Morrison F R
21 Flag of the United States Devin Guy F 6' 0" 200 lbs. Highland Falls, New York, USA
44 Flag of the United States Phil Esposito LW L 6' 2" 235 lbs. East Haven, Connecticut, USA
52 Flag of the United States Bill Blaszcyk F R 6' 1" 208 lbs. Manorville, New York, USA
83 Flag of the United States Chris Seifert F L 6' 0" 180 lbs. Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

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