Ever wonder what it would feel like to get pelted with over 23,000 teddy bears? Just ask the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, a team that hosts the annual "Teddy Bear Toss" at their December home game.
They set a world record three years ago, when over 26,000 bears were tossed onto the ice. This year, they were hoping to get 23,000 during their game on Sunday against the Red Deer Rebels -- and it worked! Fans tossed 23,096 bears and other stuffed animals after the first goal was scored. Thank goodness it wasn't a shut-out.
The video of all of the fans throwing the bears onto the ice is pretty freakin' amazing. Check it out.
The Hitmen have been doing this toss for the past 16 years. After the game on Sunday, the players hand-delivered the bears on Monday to the Alberta Children's Hospital. Of course, the kids at the hospital loved it, and the Teddy Bear Toss made their day, according to NHL Fanhouse:
Trevor Grant said when his two-year-old son Easton was given a teddy bear, he had trouble fighting back his emotions. "(Easton has) had a rough life so it's really neat to see this happen," said Grant.
Easton's mom, Jalene Grant, said they come to the hospital every week and having the Hitmen hand Easton a teddy bear made their day a little brighter. "It just puts a smile on their face, everything they have to go through. To be able to take five minutes and do that is pretty awesome."
So how did it all happen? Hitman Cody Sylvester scored at 3:49 in the first period, and then the game was delayed for 40 minutes while 16,844 fans threw bears onto the ice.
Wouldn't you have loved to have been there? What a great tradition for hockey fans just in time for the holidays. The Teddy Bear Toss has been embraced by many other minor league hockey teams as well, so if there's one in your area, make sure you go next year with your teddy bear in tow!
What do you think of this tradition? Would you go see the Teddy Bear Toss?
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