The Capitals announced Wednesday that they have extended their affiliation with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears through the 2013-14 season.

The Bears just finished their seventh season as Washington’s AHL affiliate, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins. Hershey has qualified for the playoffs each of the last seven years and won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Hershey will visit Verizon Center in December to host a regular season AHL game against the Norfolk Admirals, marking the first Bears game held in Washington since 1979. The game is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6.