BY JEFF FALK
Doug Yingst’s contributions to area ice hockey have been well documented. But now Yingst is being recognized for what he did for the American Hockey League.
It was recently announced that Yingst will be inducted into the AHL’s Hall-of-Fame. The Palmyra graduate and native, and former Hershey Bears general manager will formerly be enshrined during an awards ceremony in Allentown on January 30, 2017.
Yingst spent 34 seasons as an executive with the Bears, before retiring this spring. In 1982, Yingst was hired as Hershey’s director of sales and promotions, then won the AHL’s Ken McKenzie award for outstanding promotion when the Bears captured the Calder Cup in 1987-88.
He was promoted to the position of assistant general manager in 1988 and also became Hershey’s director of hockey operations in 1990. During Yingst’s tenure, the Bears garnered four AHL championships, in eight trips to the Calder Cup finals, which still stands as an AHL record.