Throw the Teddies! Hershey Bears Conduct Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, Set New World Record (Again)

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While every game in the Hershey Bears’ season is one to look forward to in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Game is one that holds extra meaning for fans and the team alike. Every season, fans bring stuffed bears and animals to throw onto the ice to be donated to children in need during the holiday season. And the tradition continued today, when Christian Djoos (fresh off from being re-assigned to Chocolatetown) scored the Bears’ first goal to set off the tossing of the “teddies” against the Hartford Wolf Pack. In the process, Hershey fans once again set a new world record in the aftermath of the goal.

The Bears broke the World Record they set last season of 34,798 bears, with a record 45.650 stuffed bears and animals being thrown onto the Giant Center ice. The team partnered with CommunityAid and local television station ABC27 and will donate all the bears collected to local schools, food banks, churches, American Cancer Society among others, with CommunityAid donating 25 cents per toy donated.

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Djoos scored the Bears’ first goal of the game at the 8:11 mark of the first period, which triggered the launching of thousands of stuffed bears and animals onto the Giant Center ice. Joe Snively and Mike Sgarbossa were credited with assists on the goal. The goal was Djoos’ second of the season.

More views from the tossing of the bears:

Additional images:

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In the past five seasons, the Bears had donated 115,887 bears and stuffed animals heading into the game, to various charities across Central Pennsylvania, The Bears last hosted the Wolf Pack for the annual event in December 2008. In addition to CommunityAid’s donation, Bears Season Ticket Holder Jeff Sweigart, on behalf of the Sweigart Family Foundation, will also give $1 per stuffed toy donated.

By Michael Fleetwood

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to Throw the Teddies! Hershey Bears Conduct Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, Set New World Record (Again)

  1. Pingback: Bears Toss Wolf Pack 4-3 (OT); Brett Leason Scores Game Winner, Christian Djoos Scores ‘Teddy Bear Goal’; Shane Gersich and Beck Malenstyn Also Score | NoVa Caps

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