Player-Decorated Holiday Ornaments a Hit in Hershey

Posted December 18, 2012

Captain Boyd Kane went with a felt reindeer, which included detailed horns and googly-eyes (All Photos Credit: M. Richter).

‘Tis the season in Hershey, and on Saturday the Bears’ Wives & Girlfriends continued their annual tradition of selling player-decorated ornaments for charity.  This year, offerings included custom ornaments by over two-dozen players, as well as a team-signed wreath and a tree decked out with a full set of glass balls – each with a separate player signature.

The entire team signed this wreath, which brought in $100 for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to the generosity of Hershey’s fans, they raised $3500 in total for the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  The biggest items were the wreath ($100) and tree ($60), but some of the snazzier ornaments went for well over a hundred dollars.  Captain Boyd Kane (ornament pictured above, $270), Goaltender Braden Holtby (ornament below, $120), and Alternate Captain Ryan Potulny ($110) topped the list.

Braden Holtby’s 2012 Cotton-Ball Santa Masterpiece.

The next big project the Wives & Girlfriends will be doing is the annual Grab-a-Puck bags (last year’s sold out in 13 minutes!).  Those were sold in mid-February in 2012, though the specific game in 2013 has not been confirmed yet.

Below, you’ll find a few more examples of the fine craftsmanship that the Hershey Bears are capable of when they put their minds to it…

Ryan Potulny brought ‘stache & sponsorship to his ornament design this year.

Tomas Kundratek hand-illustrated a fireplace, complete with HBH stockings.

Garrett Mitchell’s handiwork.

Cameron Schilling embraced the googly-eyes.

Hockey Hair in Tinsel – Courtesy of Defenseman Steve Oleksy.

M. Richter

M. Richter

Associate Editor at Capitals Outsider
Em is a fan of hockey first and individual teams second, with geographical ties that cross the NHL. She was born in the Midwest, raised along the East Coast, and graduated from a university in Western Canada. A firm believer in context above all else, and a card-carrying on-ice official with USA Hockey, she splits her time between the big picture and the details. When not covering the AHL and ECHL for Caps Outsider, her photography can be found on Behance and Flickr. She also occasionally chimes in about the Hershey Bears on the Power Play Post Show.
M. Richter