The Teddy Bear Toss. A somewhat common practice/tradition in hockey arenas across Canada in the lead up to Christmas, as audience members at major junior games (WHL, OHL etc) toss donated stuffed animals onto the ice in a charitable display that benefits thousands of underprivileged kids during the holiday season.
Now, I witnessed the Vancouver Giants’ teddy bear toss at last week’s shootout loss to the Spokane Chiefs at the Pacific Coliseum, but I can tell you now, the local effort had nothing on what was captured on camera at the Calgary Hitmen game versus the Red Deer Rebels at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome last Sunday night. 23,000+ stuffed creatures of all sizes rained down on the ice, hurled by a mere 16,844 spectators in attendance, following the Hitmen’s first goal score by #16 Cody Sylvester.
What makes this truly astonishing is that this all occurred MID-PERIOD! Completely nuts – but a super charitable effort by everyone on the night!