Arlington, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals have extended their affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears through the 2014-15 season.
"We are excited to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," said Capitals president Dick Patrick. "The Bears are a great franchise and we look forward to working together again to develop our prospects in Hershey."
The Bears recently completed their ninth season as Washington's AHL affiliate. Hershey has qualified for the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons and won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Seventeen players skated for both Washington and Hershey during the 2013-14 season.
"The success of the Hershey Bears as the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals has been unmatched for nearly a decade," said Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst. "The affiliation makes perfect sense geographically and logistically, and we are excited to work together again to produce two quality teams for our fans."
The Capitals and Bears were previously affiliated for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984. After 1984, the Bears worked with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche before renewing their relationship with Washington in 2005.