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.
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) November 27, 2016
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.