Former Bear and AHL MVP Keith Aucoin to Switzerland

On June 14, 2014, in News, by Kyle Mace

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Two time Calder Cup champion Keith Aucion is heading overseas. The leading scorer for the Chocolate and White during the 2009-10 campaign has signed a deal with Ambrì-Piotta of the NLA in Switzerland. After spending 13 seasons between the AHL and NHL, Aucion will play in Europe for the first time in his career.

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Mark French Back in North America with Calgary Hitmen

On June 12, 2014, in News, by Kyle Mace


Former Bears head coach Mark french was named head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen Thursday afternoon (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth, file)

Mark French, the man who lead the Hershey Bears to the best season in team history, is back in North America. French was recently named head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.

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Dane Byers Re-Signed for 2014-15 Season

On May 16, 2014, in News, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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The Hershey Bears team leader is coming back next season. On Friday. the Bears re-signed Captain Dane Byers for the 2014-15 season. Byers scored 15 goals, recorded 22 assists and lead the team in penalty minutes with 211. Byers played in his 500th AHL game on February 28th.

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Mike Haviland Named Head Coach of Colorado College

On May 9, 2014, in News, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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After just one season in Hershey, Head Coach Mike Haviland is taking a new career path. Haviland has left Hershey to become the new Head Coach of Colorado College. “I’m excited, I really am,” said Haviland in a phone interview. “The opportunity to work with one of the top programs in all of college hockey and the chance to work with a school that’s committed to excellence in academics and in hockey. They are a school that’s committed to winning a national championship. It’s a opportunity that I couldn’t pass down.”

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Former Hershey Bear Dean Arsene Retires

On May 7, 2014, in News, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Dean Arsene stands during warm-ups before game five of the 2009 Calder Cup Finals (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth, 2009)

The “Mayor of Hershey” Dean Arsene has announced his retirement. Via Heat Central, Arsene announced his retirement late Wednesday night. “You don’t want anybody telling you you can’t play because nobody wants you,” Arsene told the Abbotsford News. “I kind of knew physically and mentally that it was coming down to the wire, it was coming down to the end. To end at home was the best way for me to go out.”

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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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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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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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