2014 SHOEY Awards: Social Media Awards

On April 24, 2014, in SHOEY Awards, by Kyle Mace

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We are four days into voting for our first ever SHOEY Awards and all races are still really close, especially the social media awards. There are three categories that fall under the social media awards: Tweet of the Year, Tweeter of the Year, and Social Media Champion. Three, it’s a magic number. Will that magic wear off on some of our nominees?

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2014 SHOEY Awards: Game of the Year

On April 23, 2014, in SHOEY Awards, by Kyle Mace

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On the third day of voting for our first ever SHOEY Awards, we look at Game of the Year. We have three nominees for this category, two of which are rookies in some of their first games.

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2014 SHOEY Awards: Goal and Fight of the Year

On April 22, 2014, in SHOEY Awards, by Kyle Mace

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Yesterday we announced our first ever “SHOEY” Awards! Throughout this week, we will be breaking down each category and the nominees. The first two are Goal of the Year and Fight of the Year.

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Monday morning might be the final time some Bears players ever walk though Giant Center as a Bear. As the 2013-14 season comes to a close, the Bears players took some time to reflect on their season as they cleaned out their lockers. It was a surreal moment for all as Hershey missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

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Sweetest Hockey on Earth’s 2014 SHOEY Awards

On April 21, 2014, in About The Blog, News, SHOEY Awards, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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As the 2014 season has come to a close, us here at Sweetest Hockey on Earth came up with a new idea. As the Bears hold their awards each season, we decided to hold our own awards, but for things you might not think would normally get awards. We have come up with eight categories for you fans to vote on.

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2014 Hershey Bears Awards: The Photos

On April 21, 2014, in News, Photos, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Dane Byers waves to the crowd after accepting his award as Hershey Bears team MVP (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The award ceremony at the end of each regular season is normally a kick off to the playoffs for the Hershey Bears, but this season it’s a bit different. This year the Bears are out of the 2014 playoff race for time in eight seasons. Despite the disappointing end to the season, the Chocolate and White thanked the Giant Center crowd with a win Saturday night.

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Joel Rechlicz Scores His First Goal in 853 Days

On April 20, 2014, in News, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Joel Rechlicz celebrates with teammates Patrick Wellar and Steve Oleksy after scoring his first goal since December 18th, 2011 (Matt Trust / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Saturday night was the final night in the Hershey Bears season after being eliminated from playoff contention Friday night. With other Bears players banged up, Joel Rechlicz got back into the line up for his first game since March 23rd. And as Rechlicz skated with linemate Chris Brown for the final game of the season, the “Recker” did something he hasn’t done since December 18th, 2011: score.

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HERSHEY, PA – Bears players salute the crowd at the end of their final game of the season (Matt Trust / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

It was a perfect cap to the end of a season. With a crowd of 10,964 in attendance and the Chocolate and White out of the playoffs, Hershey would go on to beat Adirondack by a score of 2-1 in the season finale of the 2013-14 season.

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All great things must come to an end. It’s an old, cliche saying, but it is also 100 percent true and fitting of the occasion. In a 3-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals, the Bears’ eight season playoff streak has come to a crashing end. The Providence Bruins and Norfolk Admirals will grab the seventh and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference.

The last time the Chocolate and White missed the postseason, it was the final year of the Colorado Avalanche affiliation.

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Michael Latta, seen here earlier in the season, had a goal during Hershey’s 5-3 loss to Norfolk Wednesday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

As the Hershey Bears left South Central Pennsylvania Tuesday morning for Hampton Roads Virginia, they knew they were heading down south for arguably the two biggest games of their season against the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals were tied in points with Hershey coming into Wednesday night’s game, but Hershey had the first tiebreaker, giving them the control of their destiny, but after the game, Norfolk now controls the final spot in the Eastern Conference as they topped Hershey, 5-3.

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