Teddy Bears Everywhere! Liam O’Brien’s Goal Commences Hershey’s Annual Teddy Bear Toss


In what has become an annual event for the Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears, the team hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for their annual Teddy Bear Toss night, which collects teddy bears for local charities. This is the third time since 2014 (they also hosted the Penguins in 2014 and 2015 for the event) the Bears have hosted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Teddy Bear Toss night. After the Bears couldn’t find the back of the net in the opening period, Liam O’Brien broke through at 15:27 in the second period. 

Last season, the Bears collected a record 20,662 bears for charity. On Sunday night they shattered last year’s record with 25,017 stuffed animals. Over the last seven years of this great tradition, Bears fans have donated a total of 116,566 bears to charity.

The teddy bears are tossed when the Bears score their first goal, and of all the goals scored by the Bears to initiate the throwing of the stuffed bears, three of the last six have come from defensemen, and of current Hershey players, captain Garrett Mitchell and Chris Bourque have each scored a Teddy Bear Toss goal. Prior to Sunday’s Teddy Bear Toss, the past three goals have come in the first period and a night after beating the Milwaukee Admirals 3-0, the Bears were hoping to give their fans a win on Teddy Bear Toss night.

That three year streak of the Teddy Bear Toss happening in the first period came to an end as fans had to wait at least another period before unleashing the Bears. Fans were still having fun, playing with their teddy bears while cheering on the Hershey Bears just waiting in anticipation for that first goal.

Finally, with 6:33 left in the second period, Hampus Gustafsson got the puck from behind the goal and fed the puck to O’Brien. O’Brien put it in…

And the teddy bears came raining down!

The Bears would go on to win 4-3 in overtime. You can read our recap from that contest here.



By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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