Dean Arsene's heart-and-soul playing style and civic contributions earned him the unofficial title of Mayor of Hershey.
Now the highly popular defenseman is moving to a new town.
Free agent Arsene signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers/Springfield Falcons, ending a six-year tenure with the Hershey Bears.
Arsene, who turns 29 on July 20, played on an AHL one-way contract last season. He rebounded from 2007-08 injury woes to play 46 regular-season games, and he played in all 22 playoff games during Hershey's Calder Cup run.
Arsene wanted a contract with an NHL component. The Washington Capitals didn't offer that, and Edmonton did.
"He was a warrior in every sense of the word," Bears head coach Mark French said Tuesday. "He carried that into the community and was a consummate professional. You hate to see a guy like that leave. He was a great person in the room. We'll miss him, but we understand the circumstances both ways."