While their NHL affiliate was finishing an early matinee game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Hershey Bears were playing one of their own in Hershey. Today also marked the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game, in partnership with CommunityAid and WGAL, in which fans bring stuffed bears to donate to less fortunate children for the holidays.
The Bears collected a then-team record 25,017 bears last season in a thrilling overtime victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (today’s game was held against the Binghamton Devils), and it was recently announced that the team broke the world record of 28,815 bears, collected by the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League in 2015 with the collection of 34,798 bears in Sunday’s game.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) December 2, 2018
The Bears had collected a total of 106,476 bears since 2012 and certainly added to that total today. This year’s goal came on a goal from Riley Barber and Giant Center erupted in a series of cheers and bears!
— OlieKolzig (@OlieKolzig37) December 2, 2018
This. Is. Amazing. @TheHersheyBears annual #TeddyBearToss will give you all the holiday feels! Stuffed animals go to dozens of different charities! #DefendtheDen #HBH @espn @NHL @Hersheypa pic.twitter.com/utbKDoks0q
— Ali Lanyon (@AliLanyon) December 2, 2018
— JORDAN🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@JWWEFAN316) December 2, 2018
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) December 3, 2018
By Michael Fleetwood