Washington Capitals Reach Affiliate Extension Deal With Hershey Bears

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals removes his mask in the second period against the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals announced a deal on Wednesday morning that will keep the Hershey Bears as their AHL affiliate through the 2013-2014 season.

The Hershey Bears will continue to be a part of the Washington Capitals' system through 2013-2014 at least. The Capitals announced on Wednesday morning that the team reached a deal on an extension to keep the American Hockey League team as their affiliate.

The 2011-2012 season was the seventh year that the Hershey Bears were the Capitals' minor league affiliate. During that same stretch, the Bears have qualified six times for the AHL playoffs. They won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010, three of their four trips to the Calder Cup finals.

Capitals general manager George McPhee had this to say about the deal in the team's release:

"We are excited to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," said McPhee. "The Bears are one of the most storied franchises in the AHL and we are looking forward to the continued development of some of our top prospects in Hershey."

A total of 19 players who spent time with the Capitals this season once played for Hershey, including goalie Braden Holtby who was called up at the end of the season.

For more Capitals coverage, check out Japer's Rink.

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