The Hershey Bears announced on Tuesday that former Bears’ defenseman Patrick Wellar will return to them as the new assistant coach. The Bears relieved Ryan Murphy, along with head coach Troy Mann, of his duties in late April. And it looks as if defense coach Reid Cashman is moving up to the Capitals, although there has been no formal announcement from the organizations.
Wellar, some of you may remember, played in Hershey from 2008 to 2024. He was part of the team that won the Calder Cup in 2010. Since leaving The Bears he has been the assistant cos h of the ECHL Utah Grizzlies, the Alaska Aces, and Cincinnati Cyclones. Most recently he was assistant coach for the Reading Royals, helping them make it to the playoffs (which the Bears did not) and secure third place in the Ortho Division.
Social media response has been mostly positive and hopeful for next season with this addition. The organization hired ECHL coach Spencer Carbery as their new head coach in late June. The Caps are keeping it in the family with all their moves in Hershey and DC.
Vice president of hockey operations had this to say of Wellar’s return to Hershey:
We are elated to welcome Patrick Wellar back to Hershey as an assistant coach. Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and a championship pedigree that will be a valuable asset to our young players as they grow and develop in the American Hockey League. From his lengthy tenure here, Patrick knows how special it is to wear the Chocolate and White. We are looking forward to Patrick bringing the passion he provided as a player in Hershey to his work behind the bench on Spencer Carbery’s staff.
Let’s hope he is what the Bears need to get back to winning all the way to the final round!