Hudson Valley Bears

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Hudson Valley Bears
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City Poughkeepsie, New York
Newburgh, New York
League Eastern Professional Hockey League
Founded 2008
Home arena Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Ice Time Sports Complex

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Owner(s) Curtis Russell
General manager Phil Esposito
Head coach Phil Esposito
Media Poughkeepsie Journal
Franchise history
2008 to 2009 Hudson Valley Bears

The Hudson Valley Bears were an ice hockey team in the Eastern Professional Hockey League. They split their home games between the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, New York.



The Hudson Valley Bears were founded in 2008 as an Eastern Professional Hockey League expansion team. The Bears were the savior of the league. The Bears were founded to be the 4th team in the league and save the EPHL season after Copper City Chiefs and New Hampshire Freeze folded. The Bears had little success during their first season, as they finished their inaugural regular season at 3-45-1-1, finished dead last and missing the playoffs by 54 pts. They also finished last in attendance with average attendance 235.[1]

In October 2008, weeks before the first games were scheduled, two franchises pulled out, leaving three teams. Rather than postpone the season, a replacement was cobbled together: the Hudson Valley Bears, who played their home games in Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, New York.[2]

The Bears’ roster was drawn from a pool of nearly 100 “local guys with part-time jobs,” as Jim Riggs, the league commissioner, put it. [3]


# Player Pos. Catches Height Weight Place of Birth
30 United States Len DiCostanzo G R 5' 10" 185 lbs. Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA
33 United States Vincent Januska G R Chester, New York, USA
85 Germany Tim Schneider G L 5' 7" 165 lbs Düsseldorf, NRW, GER
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
3 United States Dan Malloy D L 6' 2" 215 lbs. Stamford, Connecticut, USA
4 United States Chris Sullivan D R 6' 3" 195 lbs. South Windsor, Connecticut, USA
5 United States Chris Clark D R 6' 3" 215 lbs. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
15 United States Tony Troccia D R Brick, New Jersey, USA
32 United States TJ Cline D L 6' 1" 220 lbs. Buffalo, New York, USA
77 United States Gabe Yeung D R 6' 5" 230 lbs. Madison, Wisconsin, USA
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
10 United States Jerry Cardinale F L 5' 9" 165 lbs. Brooklyn, New York, USA
12 United States Scott Horvath F R 6' 2" 225 lbs. West Redding, Connecticut, USA
14 United States John Geverd F R 5' 11" 217 lbs. Hooksett, New Hampshire, USA
15 United States Kevin Kaminski F R
16 United States Joey Bouchard C L 5' 9" 240 lbs. Deerfield, New Hampshire, USA
18 United States Jeff Pozzuto F R 6'1" 180 lbs. Butler, Pennsylvania, USA
18 United States Tom Westfall F R 6' 5" 220 lbs. Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
19 United States Scotty Estey F L 5' 11" 190 lbs. Highland Falls, New York, USA
20 United States Joe Morrison F R
21 United States Devin Guy F 6' 0" 200 lbs. Highland Falls, New York, USA
44 United States Phil Esposito LW L 6' 2" 235 lbs. East Haven, Connecticut, USA
52 United States Bill Blaszcyk F R 6' 1" 208 lbs. Manorville, New York, USA
83 United States Chris Seifert F L 6' 0" 180 lbs. Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

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