Monday, December 2, 2013

The Teddy Bear Toss is One of the Sports' Greatest Traditions

Twenty-five thousand stuffed animals.

That's how many rained down on the ice during the Calgary Hitmen's latest home game on Sunday night.  The WHL organization has kept the tradition going for nearly 20 years, and it gives me chills every time.

As the tradition goes, the Hitmen hold one game a year where they ask fans to bring in stuffed animals and teddy bears to be donated to local hospitals and shelters.  When the home team scores their first goal, that's when the fun begins.

The official count this year was 25,921 tossed from the 17,199 in attendance, breaking last year's record.

Coolest part about the tradition?  The next day, the Hitmen players visit the Alberta Children's Hospital to give out the teddy bears.

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