It’s Raining Teddy Bears! Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Scores Bears’ First Goal Prompting the Teddy Bear Toss

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The AHL’s Hershey Bears hosted their Teddy Bear Toss game as they clashed with the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night. Fans were encouraged to throw teddy bears and other stuffed animals onto the ice following Hershey’s first goal of the game. Here are the scenes from Giant Center when left-winger Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored and ensued the Teddy Bear Toss.

Jonsson-Fjallby netted his eleventh goal of the season at the 6:13 mark on a power-play. Cue the teddy bears.

Thousands of stuffed animals, big and small, rained down onto the ice:

Goaltender Zach Fucale:

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Defenseman Eddie Wittchow:

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A view of the on-ice celly:

I so badly want to do that too:

Another belly flop because we can:

Another incredible angle of the goal and toss:

The Bears are currently counting how many stuffed animals were tossed tonight.

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The Hershey Bears have set a new world record with 52,341 stuffed animals donated to local charity!

This surpasses the club’s previous world record of 45,765 collected in 2019.

As part of the club’s Hershey Bears Cares initiative, which showcases the philanthropic activities and volunteer efforts of Bears players and staff members throughout the community, teddy bears and stuffed animals are collected and donated to more than 25 local organizations including Dauphin County Children and Youth, Cocoa Packs, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, Palmyra Lions Club, and Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area. Additionally, with Hershey setting a new world record, The Sweigart Family Foundation has made a donation of $50,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

This year’s GIANT Teddy Bear Toss marks the 20th event in team history. The club has collected 322,199 teddy bears since 2001.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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