25,003 Teddy Bears Tossed Onto Ice! (Video)

Following their annual tradition, fans of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team rained down thousands of teddy bears onto the ice last Sunday, as soon as the team scored its first goal.

This was the 17th year for the event, and the team collected 25,003 animals, more than last year’s total but still below the 2007 record of 26,919.

Last season, it took less than four minutes into the game for the Hitmen to score the first goal, thereby beginning the bombardment of stuffed toys; on Sunday, however, fans sat on edge through two power plays and 38 minutes of hockey before Calgary scored their first and only goal during a 2-1 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

It’s all in a great cause. According to the Calgary Herald, the team will donate the stuffed animals in person to local hospitals on Monday. No word as to what would have happened if the Hitmen hadn’t scored any goals!

Watch the stuffed animal deluge here:

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Roger Monk
Past Member 3 years ago

Funny old world, innit?

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo3 years ago


Bryan Hix
Bryan Hix3 years ago

Wet and soggy teddy bears, what ill child in a hospital want a teddy bear thats been on dirty ice.
I think a child would want a clean teddy bear.

Mandi A.
Amanda Adams3 years ago

Very cool

Ana R3 years ago

Thank you for sharing! Great way to fundraise teddies...:)

Mem H.
Mem T.3 years ago

what an interesting way to fundraise teddies. i agree a little unsanitary tho.

iii q.
g d c.3 years ago

nice that they donate to hospitals but seems a little unsanitary to toss on ice, then pass on to people in hospitals...
why not just put ina box as you enter...
do the hockey players provide matching funds or something?

Martin Austin
Past Member 3 years ago


Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare3 years ago

May God bless them!

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith3 years ago

Thank you for sharing, Melanie B. I will look into donating to Child Advocacy Centers.