Bears add Newbury; Whitmore to Phantoms

The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has acquired forward Kris Newbury on loan from the Philadelphia Flyers, and have loaned forward Derek Whitmore to the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Phantoms.

Newbury, 32, comes to Hershey in the midst of his 11th professional season. He has played most of 2013-14 with Adirondack, and ranked third on the team in goals (14) and second in assists (22) and points (36). He was tied for third in power-play goals (six) and third in penalty minutes (182).

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound native of Brampton, Ont., also appeared in four NHL contests with Philadelphia this season, recording one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Newbury has appeared in a total of 645 AHL games with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale and Adirondack Phantoms, and has amassed 475 points (156 goals, 319 assists) along with 1,514 penalty minutes. The 2007 AHL All-Star has also put up 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 139 penalty minutes in 76 NHL games with Toronto, Detroit, NY Rangers and Philadelphia.

Newbury was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (139th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Whitmore, 29, recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in 26 games with Hershey this season. The sixth-year pro from Rochester, N.Y., has appeared in 351 career AHL games with Hershey, St. John’s, Rochester and Portland, registering 90 goals and 71 assists for 161 points.

A two-time 20-goal scorer in the AHL, Whitmore has appeared in two career NHL games, both with Buffalo in 2011-12.