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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