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Photo: Kyle Mace

After the Hershey Bears’ season-opening loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday, the Bears auctioned off the retro 1949-50 jerseys they wore. For $1,150, somebody walked out of Giant Center with a piece of hockey history.

Bears forward Nathan Walker, who was quite impressive during Washington Capitals training camp, became the first Australian hockey player ever to suit up for the American Hockey League.

Another AHL, the Australian Ice Hockey League, where Walker played parts of two seasons with the Sydney Ice Dogs, tweeted out their congratulations after the game.

Walker played on the Bears’ first line along with Dane Byers and Jeff Taffe. The left wing finished the night with three shots, 2 PIMs, and a minus-1.

Due to the Tomas Hyka Rule, Walker cannot be signed to an NHL contract and the Capitals do not own his rights. He will be eligible to be drafted for a third time next year. Walker signed an AHL contract with the Bears several weeks ago.

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Photo credit: Kyle Mace

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  • Chip

    Congrats to him! I hope we’re able to get him next year. Guy showed a lot of promise.

  • Grizz Ly

    From a fellow Aussie, Here’s Wishing Stormy the very best with his career. He may not be the biggest player out on the ice, though he certainly brings a big presence. He is definitely doing Australia and the Australian Hockey Community proud, and has all our blessings for a wonderful hockey career wherever it may take him!!

  • Roman Z.

    There’s an Australian Hockey Community?

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  • Rhino40

    Good on ya, mate!