For the Wheat Kings, it will be Brandon’s 25th annual Teddy Bear Toss – a tradition dating back to the 1994-95 season, in which the Wheaties followed the Kamloops Blazers’ lead in having their fans toss a stuffed animal onto the ice surface following the team’s first goal of the game. Over the years, Brandon has collected roughly 50,000 bears for the local Christmas Cheer Board. Last season, over 2,500 animals launched onto the ice.
In Winnipeg, Moose fans will look to eclipse the 2016 record of 2,905 stuffed animals that hit the ice two seasons back. Fans attending Saturday’s contest against the Toronto Marlies will also have the opportunity to chuck a teddy bear onto the ice surface following the home team’s first goal of the game. If attendees are unable to bring an plush toy to the game, a limited number of stuffed animals will be available for purchase inside the arena’s concourse.
On December 2nd, the AHL’s Hershey Bears set a new world record for the most teddy bears launched onto the ice after fans came together to support the local Christmas donation team in throwing 34,798 stuffed animals onto the ice surface, shattering the previous record of 28,815 set by the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen in 2015.
The Moose face off against Toronto at 6:00 P.M. central from Bell MTS Place in the second game of a double header, while the Wheat Kings finish off the second leg of a two-day home-and-home with the Saskatoon Blades at 7:30 P.M. at Westoba Place. Both games have yet to sell out, and tickets are available to the public.