ESPN released a trailer for their upcoming E:60 feature airing Sunday at 7 pm on ESPN2 and it hits close to home for Capitals fans. The episode will document the Hershey Bears’ recent world record-breaking Teddy Bear Toss.
📺EXCITING NEWS! Our world record Teddy Bear Toss will be featured by @ESPN. The Bears will be showcased on @E60, this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. #HersheyBearsCares #HBH pic.twitter.com/dpbZdHZbQW
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) January 24, 2020
According to Chocolate Hockey, former NHL coach and legendary-mullet-haver Barry Melrose narrates the E:60 piece.
“It’s not just the smell of chocolate that makes Hershey the sweetest city in the world,” Melrose
said to Chocolate Hockey. “It’s the fact that the people who live there, found a way to get 40 thousand Teddy Bears into the hands of children who need a hug.”
Former RMNB contributor and generally amazing content creator, Kyle Mace is interviewed in the piece and gives his insight into the Teddy Bear Toss. After several years with RMNB, Mace left RMNB to become the founder of Chocolate Hockey, which became the go-to website for media and coverage on the Capitals’ AHL affiliate.
“The Teddy Bear Toss is a sight to be seen, and no one does it better than Hershey,” Zack Fisch, the Bears Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting, said. “Working with Scott Cikowski of ESPN and his entire crew was a treat, and the piece is something that will warm your heart, and make you proud to be part of not only this historic organization but the entire Central PA community.”
Cara Bahniuk and I covered the Teddy Bear Toss for RMNB that night and I shared my photos and video in a long Twitter thread (which in hindsight I am extremely proud of). Let us know how many times you spot us blurry in the background of the feature.
More from the Bears:
(Hershey, PA-Jan. 24, 2020)-The Hershey Bears are proud to announce the club’s world-record Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss will be featured on ESPN’s newsmagazine program, E:60, this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
The club’s annual Teddy Bear Toss, sponsored by CommunityAid and abc27, was held Dec. 1, and the Bears and their fans smashed their own world record, collecting 45,650 stuffed animals for local charities. ESPN’s E:60 crew was on-site in Hershey for two days in December, capturing the event itself, the counting process, and the distribution of teddy bears to children at Milton Hershey School.
“We’re thrilled to have worked with ESPN and E:60 in spotlighting our world-record Teddy Bear Toss,” said Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer. “This event has become a sensation around the world, and the generosity of our fan base and the entire Central Pennsylvania community is showcased in this piece.”
The piece is narrated by legendary ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose, who is a former NHL and AHL defender and coach. Featured in the story are interviews with Hershey Bears forward Beck Malenstyn, broadcaster Zack Fisch, Brock Kerchner of The Old Barn Hockey Show, and Kyle Mace of ChocolateHockey.com. The piece profiles Gabby Kerchner, a 10-year-old from Mechanicsburg who collected 10,136 stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Toss as part of her organization, Gabby’s Acts of Kindness.
ESPN’s Scott Cikowski produced the piece. A trailer is available via the Hershey Bears Facebook and Twitter pages.
Hershey’s annual Teddy Bear Toss is part of the club’s Hershey Bears Cares community initiative. All 45,650 teddy bears collected were donated to over 40 local organizations, including schools, food banks, churches, lions clubs, as well as Milton Hershey School, Children’s Miracle Network, and the American Cancer Society.
Headline photo: Ian Oland
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