About Sweetest Hockey On Earth
Welcome to Sweetest Hockey on Earth!
Russian Machine Never Breaks, better known as RMNB, was started in November of 2009 with the sole purpose of covering the Capitals first Stanley Cup winning-season. Unfortunately, after winning the President’s Trophy in the regular season, the Caps flamed out in seven games against the Montreal Canadiens. Why did you shave your beard, Peter?
At that point, we turned our attention to the Hershey Bears, who had just finished one of the greatest AHL regular seasons of all-time. And in our immature anger towards the Capitals, we temporarily renamed our blog Hershey Russian Machine Never Breaks.
During the playoffs, we picked up a lot of fans from Pennsylvania due to Kyle’s superb coverage of the team. Then things went to the next level when we introduced fan-favorite Andrew Gordon as a guest blogger on RMNB during the Calder Cup Finals. The Bears eventually ending up winning their eleventh Calder Cup Championship in six games and Gordo’s blogging during the series was followed heavily.
After only a year of being live, RMNB has received an outpouring of support, including over 2,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 1,200 followers on Facebook. It became obvious to us that we should and could expand. With Kyle’s great reporting and awesome photography of the Bears during the past year, it also became apparent that we could handle it and do it well.
With that said, we now present to you, Sweetest Hockey On Earth, RMNB’s blog dedicated to the Bears. Our goal is to bring Hershey Bears hockey news to the masses and to cover this team the way it should be. The Hershey Bears are not just a minor league team, they’re the greatest team in AHL history. And they’re also a huge reason why the Capitals are as successful as they are today.
Introducing Our Contributors
Kyle Mace has covered two Calder Cup finals with the Hershey Bears and has become an expert at elbowing professional photographers out of his way. In his spare time, he plays hockey and is a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Kyle previously wrote for his own Hershey Bears hockey blog, Hershey to D.C. Hockey and was added to the Russian Machine Never Breaks crew in December of 2009 when he documented Boyd Gordon’s injury rehab in Hershey. He also is the coolest kid you’ll ever freakin’ meet in your lifetime. Make sure to follow him on his own personal twitter account @kyle_mace, or on Google+. You can contact Kyle here.
Matt Trust is a current high school student near Allentown, PA. He has covered the Hershey Bears for Inside Hockey as a writer from 2010-2012. Although he has very vague memories of hockey at Hersheypark Arena, Matt likes to call Giant Center his second home. In his freetime, Matt enjoys playing street hockey along with high school soccer. He is a proud fan of the New York Mets during the hockey-less months of Summer. You can follow him at his personal twitter account @Matt_Trust.
Tim Stough joins Sweetest Hockey to photograph games and occasionally blog. He lives in the Hershey area and has covered the Hershey Bears for Inside Hockey and PA Puck in the past. When not taking pictures for the site, Tim coaches a Hershey Junior Bears team and plays regularly. Take it for what it’s worth, but he’s a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Follow his personal Twitter account @tstough.