On Sunday, December 3, the Hershey Bears held their annual teddy bear toss game at the Giant Center.
Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to the game and throw them on the ice immediately after the home team scores its first goal. The stuffed animals are then donated to hospitals and local charities during the holidays.
Hershey’s teddy bear toss was initiated by a goal from Liam O’Brien in the second period. While there is nothing better than getting plunked in the head with a pink teddy bear during a goal celebration, the photos of Lucas Johansen and Mason Mitchell being swallowed whole by mountain of stuffed animals is a close second.
Although the Calgary Hitmen hold the teddy bear toss record with 28,815 bears collected, the Hershey Bears routinely break their own team records and hold the highest known collection in a professional hockey game.
On Sunday, 25,017 teddy bears were thrown on the ice beating 2016’s record of 20,662. Over the last six years, Hershey Bears fans have donated 106,476 stuffed animals to charity.
Photos: Cara Bahniuk
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