CALGARY – The Calgary Hitmen ice hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League (WHL) division in Canada is made up of a tough bunch of players who aren’t afraid to show their softer side.
Last weekend, supported by their numerous fans, the Hitmen lived up to an annual tradition of tossing teddy bears on the ice. An event they call ‘The Hitmen’s Teddy Bear Toss’.
25,951 teddy bears were tossed on the ice after Hitmen player Pavel Padakin scored during the second period.
For the referees, the numerous bears clogging up the ice and the playing field was a bit overwhelming but even they couldn’t refrain from uttering a smile realizing ‘The Hitmen’s Teddy Bear Toss’ is all part of a worthy cause.
All the teddy bears collected are donated to fifty different organizations in Canada, including a hospital in Calgary.
The most amount of teddy bears ever thrown on the ice by Hitmen fans stands at 26,919 and dates back to 2007.
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