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Miroshnichenko, Suzdalev Headline Hershey Bears’ Opening Night Roster



Mike Vecchione is one of many returnees from the Hershey Bears' Calder Cup-winning roster. (Mike Zitek/Coachella Valley Firebirds)

A handful of new faces — including 2022 first-round pick Ivan Miroshnichenko — will suit up with the Hershey Bears this season, the team announced Friday.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who played in 53 games with the Washington Capitals last season, is one of 14 newcomers to the Bears, who open the season on Saturday. Other notable additions include defenseman Hardy Haman Aktell, who impressed in Capitals training camp, and forwards Alex Limoges and Garrett Roe — both Virginia natives.

Here’s the full roster:

Forwards (19): Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Pierrick Dube, Ethen Frank, Ryan Hofer, Jimmy Huntington, Hendrix Lapierre, Alex Limoges, Ivan Miroshnichenko, Julian Napravnik, Dmitry Osipov, Garrett Roe, Henrik Rybinski, Mike Sgarbossa, Joe Snively, Matt Strome, Riley Sutter, Alexander Suzdalev, Bogdan Trineyev, Mike Vecchione

Defensemen (9): Logan Day, Hardy Häman Aktell, Vincent Iorio, Nick Leivermann, Jake Massie, Dylan McIlrath, Aaron Ness, Chase Priskie, Colin Swoyer

Goalies (3): Garin Bjorklund, Hunter Shepard, Clay Stevenson

The Bears open the regular season on Saturday, hosting the Belleville Senators at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.