The Calgary Hitmen set for another Teddy Bear Toss record

The Calgary Hitmen set for another Teddy Bear Toss record
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The Calgary Hitmen hockey team is set for yet another annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event is this Saturday and aims to break another record for donated stuffies.

This year it’s going to be the 22nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss for the Calgary Hitmen. The team will play against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

When the Hitmen score their first goal, fans in attendance will throw the stuffed animals they have brought for the occasion onto the ice. The team isn’t the origin of the Teddy Bear Toss, but it has become symbolic with it.

The Hitman fans are always one of the most active during the teddy bear toss events. Last year it reached a record with 25 815 stuffed animals thrown onto the ice. The team now expects more than 30 000 stuffies. That would make an average of 14 285 teddy bears per year.

The fans should bring new or slightly used stuffed animals to the game. The toys will then go to 60 agencies and charity organizations. Then they will make their way to children in need just in time for the holidays.

This is just the start of the teddy bear toss events. There have already been several others throughout the month. Over the next few weeks there will be quite e few more, gathering tens and tens of thousands of toys for children in need. If you are close to such an event, go check it out, even if you don’t like hockey. The teddy bear toss event is quite special by itself.