Plus, it was actually the fastest teddy bear toss goal in the team’s history. The first goal came a whopping 19 seconds into the game.
A total of 6421 fans immediately starter throwing stuffed animals onto the ice. The team had set a goal of at least 10 000 stuffed animals. This would also be enough to beat its current record of 9502 bear.
While the official count is not yet complete, the fans are sure they are over that goal. Stockton’s Chris Sutter, 36, was one of about a dozen fans to toss a popular 53-inch tall bear, weighing an estimated 30 pounds, onto the ice, RecordNet reports. His bear was dressed in a red Heat give-away jersey, but he also had a stuffed Pile of Poo Emoji under his other arm.
Fans were prepared quite well for the event. The Meacham family, who took the hour’s drive from Oakley to participate. They brought a large duffle bag containing approximately 40 animals that their family of four could toss to the ice.
TEDDY BEAR TOSS HIGHLIGHTS!!! Relive Brett Findlay’s goal just 19 seconds into the game 🐻 🐻 🐻 pic.twitter.com/ZN0AW05F88
— Stockton Heat (@AHLHeat) January 21, 2018
“We call come together and do what we can for the community,” Shannon Meacham said. “Our first game here was a Teddy Bear Toss, and we keep coming back.”
“The kids love it,” said Mathew Meacham. “We’ve been saving the stuffed animals since Christmas.”
It’s good to see the Teddy Bear Toss events still going strong and getting stronger. The Stockton Heat teddy bear toss will benefit the United Way of San Joaquin County. Stuffed animals will go to kids in need and response teams in the area.