Bears Hunter Shepard Receives AHL “Tender of the Month”

The Hershey Bears Hunter Shepard has received the American Hockey League’s “Goalie of the Month” for November 2022. Shepard has had an outstanding career and month in Hershey, making this honor well deserved. Shepard started the month with a perfect record of (6-0-0), been featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 for a beautiful diving save, logged 30 saves in a single game, recorded a save percentage of roughly 0.936, and the list goes on. Shepard has only started 8 games for the Bears and 6 of those starts were wins, he has also been able to keep his goals against average around 1.83.

Shepard won back to back NCAA Championships with the University of Minn-Duluth Bulldogs in 2018 and 2019, then signed an AHL contract with Hershey in 2020 after going undrafted. The Washington Capitals signed Shepard to a 2 year, $1.5 million contract with a $750,000 AAV in July of 2021, Shepard’s contract with the Caps is up at the end of this year making him an unrestricted free agent. The Bears have not had a goalie earn this honor since Braden Holtby back in December of 2012 who then went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018. The Bears have also not had a member of their squad win a monthly award since Riley Barber won the AHL’s player of the month award in 2019, Barber has since jumped around from Washington, Montreal, Detroit, and Dallas.

The Bears play again on Sunday December 4th in Hershey when they face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, puck drop will be at 3:00pm E/T. Fans can catch the action on the AHL TV app or listen to the broadcast on Fox Sports Radio 1460 in Harrisburg.

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I was born and raised in the small town of Fort Defiance, VA ( about 45 mins west of Charlottesville). Football was always a main priority of mine and from the time I could play, I did. After graduating high school in 2010 and choosing not to chase college ball, I found myself working in local factories and warehouses around my town. I have since moved to Lynchburg, VA where I have settled down, gotten married, had a beautiful little girl and have another one on the way. Ice Hockey has also become a huge part of my life. In 2015 my brother returned from a year long tour in Afghanistan bringing along with him a new found interest in Hockey, which he later introduced to me. The minute I walked in to Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. I was hooked. The speed of the game, the passion of the warriors competing on the ice, and the physicality yet gracefulness of the 250lb hulks gliding around on razor sharp knife shoes. Sports are my way of leaving reality for a while and (even if its in my own head) getting to be part of a team again!

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