Hershey Bears Add John MacLeod, Kevin McKernan to Blue Line

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The Hershey Bears announced today that defenseman John MacLeod has been recalled from the club’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. Additionally, the Bears have also signed South Carolina defenseman Kevin McKernan to a professional tryout agreement. 


MacLeod, 22, has skated in 21 games with South Carolina this season, collecting four points (one goal, three assists), 12 penalty minutes, and a +2 rating. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound MacLeod played 119 career games with Boston College, scoring 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) and adding 130 penalty minutes over four seasons. The Dracut, Mass. native collected three assists in 23 games in 2017-18, helping Boston University to a Hockey East Championship. He was originally a second round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Draft.

McKernan, 24, has collected 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 32 games with the Stingrays this season. The rookie defender played four seasons at Quinnipiac University, where he was coached by current Capitals and former Hershey assistant coach Reid Cashman. While attending Quinnipiac, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound defender played in 138 games over four seasons and scored 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists). McKernan was also part of the Bobcats’ Frozen Four appearance and run to the National Championship game in 2016.

Both players have joined the team ahead of tonight’s game versus Providence. The Bears host the Bruins for Think Green Night presented by Waste Management, as well as Scout Night. Puck drops is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Hershey Bears Add John MacLeod, Kevin McKernan to Blue Line

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    The organizations blue line health is nuts right now. South Carolina is running out of players to send to Hershey, who is out of players to send to Washington.

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