Thousands of bears collected on Teddy Bear NightDec 09, 2012 - 12:05 MST
Lethbridge, AB – In front of a near sellout crowd, Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Brady Ramsay claimed bragging rights after scoring the Canes first goal at 5:07 of the first period that sent hundreds of teddy bears onto the ENMAX Centre ice Saturday night.
The Teddy Bear Toss is a popular Christmas season promotion celebrated by many hockey teams throughout North America. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to the game and throw them on the ice when the home team scores its first goal. The Hurricanes participated in their first Teddy Bear Toss in 1995 and since then, they along with game night sponsors Canadian Tire and Global TV have collected and donated thousands of bears. In November 2007, Lethbridge set a record when 5202 Hurricanes fans set the bar with a record number of 21,905 bears being collected, a record that has since been surpassed.
This year dozens of volunteers collected 4,025 stuffed animals (an increase of nearly 1,100 over last year) and they were distributed to the Interfaith Food Bank, Piikani Youth Centre, RCMP Victim Services Unit, Blood Tribe Police, the Salvation Army, Streets Alive, and 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union on behalf of Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree for Kids. On Monday, December 10th, the Lethbridge Hurricanes players will deliver some of the bears to the Pediatrics Ward at Chinook Regional Hospital.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes would like to thank all the fans who generously donated bears to this worthy cause. (Photo Credit: CanesCast)