Hershey Bears fans force game to end early with goalless Teddy Bear Toss, set another new world record
HERSHEY, PA — On Christmas day, my wife Ashley surprised me with tickets for the whole family to attend the Hershey Bears’ Teddy Bear Toss Game. It was such a thoughtful gift. The gesture would allow my young son Ethan to get a better idea of what I do as a member of the hockey media. It’d also allow him to participate in one of the most fun events in all of hockey.
As we were making the drive up to Hershey on Sunday, I explained to Ethan that he had to hold onto the teddy bear tight — in this case, a stuffed moose — until a Hershey Bears player scored a goal. Then he could try to hurl it onto the ice. But in real life, dad’s explainer was not nearly nuanced enough for what happened in the actual game.
For the first time in Hershey Bears’ Teddy Bear Toss History, the Bears did not score a goal and were shut out 2-0 by the Bridgeport Islanders. Their failure to put the biscuit in the basket led to a full-scale, stuffed-animal revolt by fans which caused the game to end early. It’s something I didn’t know was possible!