Grubauer, Rechlicz to Receive Major Honor in Hershey

Posted August 29, 2013

Grubauer makes a save (M. Richter)

This past Monday, the Hershey Bears released their promotional schedule, featuring giveaways, meet-the-player nights, and other special events. Out of the 28 promotional nights, two stood out:

On Saturday, January 4th 2014, it’s Philipp Grubauer bobblehead night, when the Bears take on the Rochester Americans. The young Caps prospect has only played with the Bears for 28 games, posting a solid 15-9-2 record in the latter half of the season. This was after killing it down in the ECHL, including a 23-13-5 record with the South Carolina Stingrays and a 19-5-1 record for the Reading Royals.  The first 5,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of the 21-year-old goaltender. This will be the first player bobblehead given away in Hershey since Keith Aucoin’s back in March of 2011 (oddly enough he was promoted to Washington at this game). This means there may be a chance that there will be two versions of this, one of Gru in his home jersey and one in his away jersey, as was the case with Aucoin.

The other is a “bobblefist,” of Joel “Wrecker” Rechlicz, on Saturday, December 21st against the Worchester Sharks. His rough-n-tough status will finally be immortalized after all these years, and his fists will be the centerpiece of it all. Wrecker has only been playing in the top three levels of professional hockey for six years, however he has already amassed nearly 100 fights, earning him quite the goon status.

Although the ‘bobblefist’ may sound like a new idea, it’s actually been around for quite a few years. In fact, former Hershey Bear Dennis Bonvie got one with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The fists aren’t huge – they just wobble around, ready to knock somebody’s lights out, making perfect sense for enforcers.


Bobblefist 1

Close-up of Grand Rapids Griffins’ Greg Amadio bobblefist figurine

These two bobbles will make great additions to any collection so mark your calendars, because you won’t wanna miss out on these awesome giveaways! Check out Hershey’s other promotion nights.

Also, check out:

Caps Outsider’s Bobblehead Database!