The beginning of December means one thing. It’s Teddy bear toss time! This year it only took 1:38 for Bakersfield to score and commence a rain of about 7300 teddy bears that will be donated to charity.
The Bakerfield Condors of the ECHL led things off this year with a Teddy Bear Toss Night against the Utah Grizzlies.
It only took 1:38 for Bakersfield to score, actually on a beautiful goal by Chase Schaber.
Then the teddy bears came raining down en masse, CBSSports reports.
Yahoo Sports says that a total of 7358 stuffed animals rained down on the ice. The tradition for the team dates back about 16 years and so far has collected a total of 95 567 stuffies. All of them are donated to charity.
And while 7358 stufifes are a lot, they are far from last year’s record. It was done by the fans of the Calgary Hitmen who last year threw on the ice a grand total of 25 921 stuffed animals. This year they are hoping they can break the record again.
The Teddy bear toss is a tradition that started back in 1993-1994 by The Kamloops Blazers. The idea is that fans should throw stuffed animals on the ice after the home teams scores their first goal of the given match.
Slowly other teams adopted it. Now the Teddy bear toss is a Christmas season promotion at many minor and juniour hockey arenas.
The all time record is held by the Calgary Hitmen. In 2007 their fans threw on the ice a grand total of 26 919 stuffies.