Annual Teddy Bear Toss Provides 25,000 Children With A Toy This Holiday Season!

A teddy bear toss is a popular Christmas season promotion at many junior ice hockey arenas throughout North America. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to the game, and to throw them onto the ice when the home team scores its first goal. Watch as Hitmen defenseman Vladislav Yeryomenko scores the first goal at The Brick Teddy Bear Toss 2017!


Since the inaugural 1995 toss, the Hitmen, with generous support from their partners and fans, have provided the community with 347,948 teddy bears. At The Brick Teddy Bear Toss of 2017, there were 18,035 people in attendance and they collected 24,605 teddy bears!

The history behind the event:

Invented in 1993 by the Kamloops Blazers, the teddy bear toss is now so widespread it was introduced in Melbourne Australia three years ago when ex-pat Canadians hosted a hockey game that saw 600 bears lobbed onto the ice.

The concept is brilliant in so many ways, starting, of course, with the idea that every teddy tossed is destined for the arms of a youngster in need of a cheer-me-up.

This year's haul will be divvied up by over 60 local agencies and hand-delivered to places like the Alberta Children's Hospital by players this week.

In an effort to limit the bears' exposure to germs on the ice or from the stands as they cascade their way towards the ice, bags are handed out at the entrance for all stuffies to be placed in. Story Credit: Calgary Sun

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