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The Hershey Bears released the club's 76-game regular season schedule Wednesday for the 2019-20 campaign. 

Hershey opens the season by hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The following evening, the Bears welcome the Providence Bruins to Giant Center at 5 p.m. 

In November, the annual Thanksgiving Eve game returns to the schedule Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Providence. The game returns after a year hiatus due to building availability.

Hershey's longest homestand comes in December when the Bears play five straight games at Giant Center from Dec. 7-22. Hershey's longest road trip is March 31 through April 10 when the club hits the road for five straight games before returning to Giant Center for the regular season finale April 11.

The Bears' busiest month is January, which features 14 games. The schedule in the second half of the season also features a rare Leap Day game, marking just the ninth time in franchise history the Bears have played Feb. 29, and the first at home since 2004.

Home games will once again start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Most Sunday games will start at 5 p.m., with special early start times Dec. 22 (1 p.m.) and Jan. 5 (3 p.m.).

Overall, the 2019-20 schedule features eight "three in threes" where Hershey will play three games in three nights. This number is down from 10 last season, 11 in 2017-18 and 14 during 2016-17.

The preseason schedule, Hershey's complete promotional schedule and information on individual tickets for Hershey's 38-game home slate will be released later this summer. Season ticket packages for Hershey's 2019-20 season are on sale now, featuring discounted costs and extra added benefits. Visit HersheyBears.com for more information.

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