While the Stanley Cup Finals are well underway, with the Vegas racing out to a 2-0 series lead at home, the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals have yet to begin.
This year’s Calder Cup Finals matchup could not feature two more different teams.
Out of the Western Conference, you have the Coachella Valley Firebirds. The Firebirds, who are an affiliate of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, are just in their first season of existence.
The organization was created in 2019 after news of the Kraken entering the NHL as an expansion franchise. The Firebirds had a remarkable first season under former Stanley Cup-winning coach Dan Bylsma. They put up 103 points, good enough for second place in the conference.
Coachella Valley then roared through the playoffs to reach the finals.
On the other side, you have the Hershey Bears.
The Bears were founded in 1932 and began playing in the AHL in 1938. They’re currently the longest-running continuous member of the league and have lifted the Calder Cup a record 11 times,
Hershey had a strong regular season, but not quite on the level of Coachella Valley. The Bears tallied 97 points, which placed them second in the Eastern Conference. They then dispatched of Charlotte, Hartford, and Rochester to return to the finals for the first time since 2016.
Now, Hershey is of course known as the home to The Hershey Company, which produces a number the country’s most famous chocolates and candies.
Knowing this, Fuego, the Firebirds’ mascot, decide to try and troll the Bears. The mascot filmed a video of him destroying and melting down a bunch of candy from the team’s arena. He finished the video with the hashtag #MeltTheCompetition.
— x – Coachella Valley Firebirds (@Firebirds) June 7, 2023
There was just one small problem. None of the candy he melted or destroyed was produced by Herhsey.
Fuego, if that is his real name, chose M&M’s, peanut M&M’s and Buncha Crunch.
The first two candies are made by Mars, while Buncha Crunch is made by Nestle.
The Bears quickly responded.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) June 8, 2023
And so did fans.
Soooo, who wants to tell them? Nice fail at trash talking. Be more prepared next time. Darn rookies. https://t.co/nhVJDeZyFN
— Nathan Yerges (@yergesphotog) June 8, 2023
Well, at least you tried.