Hershey Bears Assign Benton Maass And Bear Hughes To South Carolina In ECHL

The Hershey Bears announced on Thursday that they have re-assigned defenseman Benton Maas and forward Bears Hughes to the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL.

Maass, a 6’2”, 195-lb, right-handed defenseman, was selected by the Capitals in the sixth round (#182 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old, Elk River, Minnesota native spent four seasons playing for the University of New Hampshire and spent a fifth year of collegiate eligibility due to Covid playing for Minnesota State. He was signed to a one-year deal by the Hershey Bears on May 26, 2022.

Cassius “Bear” Hughes, a 6’-1”, 165 lb. center, was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round (#148 overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Hughes, 21, was not signed by the Capitals prior to their rights expiring for him (June 1, 2022), but the Hershey Bears did ink him to a one-year deal for the 2022-23 season.

The Bears will announce their opening night roster on Friday. They open the season on Saturday night when they host the Utica Comets at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

By Jon Sorensen

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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2 Responses to Hershey Bears Assign Benton Maass And Bear Hughes To South Carolina In ECHL

  1. steven says:

    Looks like the Stingrays will be a Bear of a team! Dont want to push anyone out of Hershey but would love to see Bear in Hershey soon.

  2. novafyre says:

    I view this as a positive as they should get more ice time, more game experience playing against older more experienced players.

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