Just two minutes into the second period, Brad Malone scored the first goal of the game against the San Antonio Rampage. The fans immediately started to toss the teddy bears onto the ice.
There were 8862 fans at the game which was the fifth largest crowd ever for the Condors. They though brought a grand total of 10 549 stuffed animals.
All of the donated toys will go to the Society for Disabled Children which is in Central Bakersfield. This new record surpasses the previous one which was set during the 2009-2010 season. Ryan Holt, Director of Media Relations for the Condors said, “these stuffed animals are going to go to over 50 organizations here in Kern County. It’s great, these go to kids in times of need, kids in the holidays. It’s an awesome experience and if you’ve never seen them, we had the fifth largest crowd of all time.”
This is the 19th year of the Condors’ teddy bear toss. The grand total of donated stuffed animals now sits at over 121 395 toys.
There were a few other teddy bear toss hockey games during the weekend, too. The Grand Rapids Griffins held their event and got about 4000 stuffed animals for Hug-A-Bears of Kent County.
And we are still bracing for the biggest teddy bear toss event of the year. This is going to be on December 10th when the Calgary Hitmen play. The team is the leader of teddy bear toss events and often get over 20 000 stuffed animals per event. Last year they got 23 924 stuffed animals onto the ice which was short from the all-time record. It was set in 2015 and reached 28 815 stuffed animals – the goal which the Hitmen want to reach this year. So, stay tuned, there’s a lot more coming!