So how do you greive the loss of a season that was supposed to be so much more than it was? If you're like me, you occupy yourself with something else. Something somewhat similar, yet not the exact same. Something that fills the void, but doesn't have the sting of regret associated with it. Something that medicates, without overwheming or replacing your original love.
So what am I getting at? Here's a hint- there's still a team competing for a Championship, and you're connected to it. You're almost as familiar with the teams' current players, such as John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Mathieu Perreault, Jay Beagle, Michal Neuvirth and Keith Aucoin, as you are players past (Mike Green, Jeff Schultz, Brooks Laich, Semyon Varlamov, Eric Fehr, Tomas Fleishmann, Boyd Gordon, Quintin Laing, Dave Steckel, Tyler Sloan, and coaches Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods.)
That's right- The Hershey Bears.
And they're on fire. What better way to help move on from the mourning the Caps' season than immersing yourself into "Bears Nation?" and cheering Washington's AHL affiliateon as they vie for their 11th Calder Cup?
As I mentioned before, you're probably already quite familiar with the names above. Those guys have come to DC and played well in the Red White & Blue, so what about the ones you may not be so familiar with? The guys who may never see time in a Caps Sweater- but Bears fans have come to love? If you're going to start following the farm team closely as they compete for the Calder Cup, here are some guys you should make yourself somewhat familiar with. They've had quite an impact on the Chocolate and White this season, and have been an integral part of the post-season success the Bears have enjoyed thus far.
Who is this guy? And why should we cheer for him? Make the jump to find out.