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Moose, ICE, Wheaties Set to Host Annual Teddy Bear Tosses

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Moose, ICE, Wheaties Set to Host Annual Teddy Bear Tosses

There will be three Teddy Bear Toss games in Manitoba this coming week. Both the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose and the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE will host their special events on Saturday, December 7, while the Brandon Wheat Kings will go one week later on Friday, December 13.

In Winnipeg, Moose fans will look to eclipse the 2018 record of 3,000 stuffed animals that hit the ice just 12 months prior. Fans attending Saturday’s contest against the Chicago Wolves will 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-by-donation to the Christmas Cheer Board inside the arena’s concourse. All bears will be wrapped in plastic bags upon entrance to protect the toys from damage inside the area or on the playing surface.

Just down the road, the Winnipeg ICE will host the Kamloops Blazers Saturday in what will be the team’s first annual Teddy Bear Toss. ICE fans are also encouraged to bring new condition plush toy bears wrapped in plastic to Wayne Fleming Arena to throw onto the ice surface after the home team records its first goal of the game. Each donated bear will be brought to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba 

For the Wheat Kings, it will be Brandon’s 26th annual Teddy Bear and Toque 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 over 55,000 bears for the local Christmas Cheer Board. Last season, 2,901 items were launched onto the ice.

On Sunday, December 1, the AHL’s Hershey Bears beat their former world record for the most teddy bears launched onto the ice after fans came together to support the local Christmas donation team in throwing 45,650 stuffed animals onto the ice surface, shattering their previous record of 34,798 from 2018.

The Moose face off against Chicago at 7:00 P.M. central from Bell MTS Place on Saturday, December 7 in the second game of a double header, while the ICE close out their weekend of hockey with a 7:30 PM tilt against Kamloops. The Wheat Kings play their only game of the weekend on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 P.M. at Westoba Place against the familiar Blazers. All three games have yet to sell out, and tickets are available to the public.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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