Bob Goodman played youth hockey at Hersheypark Arena and attended countless Hershey Bears games growing up. Goodman never realized his boyhood dream to be an NHL player, but in Hershey, he forged a path where hockey became his life’s work anyway.
“I’ve been officiating in the AHL since 1992 – for nearly 30 years,” Goodman, now 55, said when asked to describe his connection to the team. “I’ve written a book about the Bears, Forged On Ice, and also produced a documentary film, B’ars to Bears, on them as well. I was also on the Hershey Bears Hall of Fame committee.”
As an official, Goodman worked the 2011 AHL All-Star Game in Hershey, the 2008 and 2010 Calder Cup Finals, and Hershey’s 2013 outdoor game. He’s also participated as a Philadelphia Flyers’ video replay judge in the NHL.
Goodman’s deep history with the Hershey Bears franchise, from kid to adult, would become the theme of a personal pet project that brought him back to days of his youth: a custom Hershey Bears pinball machine.