The Washington Times - May 23, 2012, 11:55AM

Some NHL teams want their top minor league affiliate to just produce talent. The Washington Capitals believe the best kind of development for prospects is winning, which makes their pairing with the Hershey Bears ideal.

And it will continue for at least the next two years, as the Caps announced they renewed their American Hockey League affiliation with Hershey through 2013-14.


“The combined efforts of the Capitals and the Bears have produced playoff teams each year and three championships here in Hershey since our partnership began,” Hershey general manager Doug Yingst said in a statement. “Washington also eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions using several players who developed in Hershey. It is a win-win for both parties and we are thrilled to team up again.”

The Caps have made five straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, and the Bears have made seven straight Calder Cup Playoff appearances.

Next season is Hershey’s 75th, and the Bears will play a game at Verizon Center against the Norfolk Admirals. They’ll also host the AHL’s version of the Winter Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.