Hershey head coach leaves to become assistant coach of the Maple Leafs

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Hershey Bears head coach Spencer Carbery is moving on to the NHL as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bears have confirmed.

"The Hershey Bears want to thank Spencer Carbery for his three seasons with the club," Hershey's vice president of hockey operations Bryan Helmer said. "We enjoyed having Spencer and his family as members of the community, and the work that he did with our team was exceptional. He is an excellent coach who has a proven track record of winning and development, and he made our organization better in all facets during his time in Hershey. We are excited to see Spencer in the National Hockey League, and wish him and his family nothing but the best in Toronto." 

Carbery has been the head coach in Hershey for three years leading the team to a 104-50-9-8 record. He was named the AHL Coach of the Year in 2021 after leading the Bears to a 24-7-2-0 record, the top record in the league, and a North Division title. The AHL did hold playoffs in that season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carbery coached the Bears into playoff position in each of his three seasons, but the pandemic limited him to only one postseason run in 2019 where the team lost to the eventual Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers in the second round.

Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek are among the notable current Capitals players coached by Carbery who used them in tandem during the 2018-19 season.