It's almost time for the annual Teddy Bear Toss for WHL teams. In 1993 the Kamloops Blazers started the tradition of throwing Teddy Bears on the ice after the home team scores its first goal. The bears are then donated to local hospitals and charities as Christmas gifts for needy children. In BC the dates for the Teddy Bear toss games are as follows.
For the Prince George Cougars their Un-Teddy Bear Toss will occur on Sunday December 2nd at 2PM against the Victoria Royals. Instead of just Teddy Bears fans are encouraged to bring various pieces of winter clothing including Toque's, Glove's, Scarf's and winter coats.
On Saturday December 1st the Kamloops Blazers will have their Teddy Bear Toss against the Seattle Thunderbirds. It is an annual tradition for the Blazers and they donate all Teddy Bears collected throughout the Kamloops community.
On December 1st the Kelowna Rockets will have their Teddy Bear Toss game against the Saskatoon Blades. It will be their sixth annual Teddy Bear Toss game. On Saturday December 8th the Vancouver Giants will have their Teddy Bear Toss against the Victoria Royals.
On Saturday December 15th The Victoria Royals will have their Teddy Bear Toss night against the Vancouver Giants. On Friday December 14th the Kootenay Ice will have their Teddy Bear Toss against the Kamloops Blazers.
The annual Teddy Bear Toss has broken some big records and has reached oversees. On December 27th 2017 Lulea HF brought the tradition to Sweden with a 3-1 win over Mora IK. On December 6th 2015 the Calgary Hitmen set the world record for Bears donated at 28,815. They were all thrown on the ice in a sold out game against the Swift Current Broncos.
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