The Hershey Bears announced Wednesday that forward, Boyd Kane will be back for the 2012-2013 season. Kane resigned with Hershey on a one year deal, bringing a veteran presence back to chocolate town. Kane in all likelihood will be back as the captain for Hershey, mentoring and leading the Bears’ young players.
The captain registered 41 points in 67 games with the Bears’ last season, often playing on the first line and earning time on the power play as well. Kane was also selected as part of the Eastern Conference roster in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kane will likely take on the same role he did last, playing top line minutes and brining a physical style of play to the table. In speaking with Tim Leone of the Patriot News’ Kane stated he wanted to be back with Hershey, foregoing free agency. “I’ve kind of said I know I’m going to be in the American League, and there’s not a better place to be. It was just a matter of getting something done. It’s not really like I wanted to go anywhere else, so there’s no reason on waiting until July 1.”
Bears’ coach Mark French had high praise for the captain, showing his trust in Kane’s ability to lead in the dressing room and on the ice. “I thought he provided very important leadership for the group we had last year. I think he was a real good, solid, constant presence in the dressing room. It was probably the most vocal I saw Boyd in my time here with him. I don’t think there’s a guy in our dressing room who wants to win more than Boyd and, maybe a more accurate statement, who hates to lose as much as Boyd does. For us to add your captain back to your lineup is, I think, a huge re-signing.”
Expect Kane to bring the same amount of production, possibly earning more time playing the center position. With Ryan Potulny possibly joining the Capitals’ next season, Kane could play a big role as a first or second line center. Expect Kane, Cody Eakin, Mike Carman and David Civitarese to center the four lines.