The Calgary Hitmen’s Teddy Bear Toss gathered another 24 000 stuffed animals (video)

The Calgary Hitmen’s 22nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss gathered another 24 000 stuffed animals for charity. That’s a bit less than last year’s 28 000 teddies.

The Hitmen lost 4-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes this past Saturday evening. Even so, their first goal of the game unleashed the thousands of teddy bears.

A total of 17 601 fans were in attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome. According to the team, they donated a total of 23 924 stuffed animals.

“I think people forget what the point of the whole Teddy Bear Toss is for — giving to the children and people in need,” said the Hitmen’s captain Micheal Zipp to the Calgary Herald.“That’s the special part for me. Going forward, it’ll be a fun day on Monday.”

The team will donate all toys to over 60 agencies. They include the Salvation Army, Stephen’s Backpacks, the Calgary Food Bank and others.

The Hitmen have now collected 323,343 bears, including a world record of 28,815 stuffed toys last year. All of this is since their first Teddy Bear Toss in 1995.