Hockey’s Teddy Bear Toss

Hockey season is upon us and being a true Canadian I can’t help but be drawn to the local pubs to watch the mastery and mayhem.  And while the NHL has a strong grip on many North Americans, we’re instead going to focus on the junior leagues because they have started a pretty cool tradition.

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Calgary Hitmen goal scorer, Pavlo Padakin is swimming in teddy bears during the annual Teddy Bear Toss.  Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI AGENCY. Photo link after jump

The Teddy-Bear Toss is a major attraction to the hockey games during the holiday season – and for a good reason; it’s all for charity.

During the Teddy-Bear Toss hockey fans of all ages bring new teddy bears to the stadium and toss them onto the ice when the home team scores their first goal.  The bears are then collected and donated to local children’s charities.

The current record for teddy bears tossed at a game is a staggering 26,919.  It was set by the Hitmen in Calgary, Alberta, in 2007.

A special incentive is being taken under by the Vancouver Giants.  They have created a promo video about the Bear-Toss and put it on youtube.  If the video gets 150,000 hits by Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm then the Vancouver Giants and White Spot Restaurants will make a $10,000 donation to CKNW Orphans’ Fund and The Province Empty Stocking Fund.

Check out the video and SHARE IT!  (It’s pretty cheesy, but for a good cause).

When:  Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm

Where:  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

To attend the Teddy Bear Toss closest to you, contact your local junior hockey league.

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