HERSHEY, Pa. – After being out of the Washington Capitals organization for two-plus seasons, Spencer Carbery is returning to the organization to lead the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Carbery will be formally introduced at a press conference in Hershey at Noon Eastern time Wednesday.
“Today is an exciting day for the Hershey Bears organization as we welcome Spencer Carbery as our new head coach,” said Hershey Bears Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer. “Throughout this process, Spencer’s passion, character and work ethic stood out – and his desire to win is without equal. His familiarity with the Hershey and Washington organizations will help make this a smooth transition, and we feel he is the perfect fit to lead this storied franchise to even greater success.”
The 36-year-old Carbery brings experience coaching both at the junior and professional levels to Hershey. He most recently spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins, helping the club to an impressive 45-26-3-2 record.
Prior to joining Jay Leach behind the bench in Providence, he was the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit in 2016-17, and also earned a nod as an assistant coach for Team Canada Black in the 2017 U-17 World Hockey Challenge.
Carbery had a tremendous amount of success in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Capitals. In his five seasons at the helm, Carbery compiled a 207-115-38 record with the Stingrays, making him the all-time winningest coach in South Carolina history.
In addition, Carbery was the winner of the John Brophy Award as the ECHL’s Coach of the Year in 2014, and was the runner-up for the award in 2015 and 2016.
Under his direction, the South Carolina qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of Carbery’s five seasons as head coach, and he helped guide the Stingrays to a pair of division titles, and Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2015 and 2016. Carbery’s 2014-15 team registered an ECHL-record 23-game win streak during the regular season and advanced to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals, falling in seven games to the Allen Americans. In each of the five seasons under Carbery’s direction, the Stingrays improved their point total.
Carbery becomes the second-youngest current head coach in the AHL behind only Jeremy Colliton in Rockford.