London Knights Fans Make It Rain Teddy Bears for Charity
Those of us familiar with the events surrounding the North American sporting world have witnessed the desire for some professional athletes to “make it rain” over the past year or so. On Friday night, the fans of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights decided to follow suit, but they substituted dollar bills with teddy bears, and a strip club with the John Labatt Center.
It was the Knights 9th Annual Sun Life Financial Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Salvation Army. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed teddy bears and other plush toys to the game. Once the home team scores their first goal, those in attendance litter the ice with the stuffed animals, which are collected and distributed to less fortunate children in the community for Christmas.
This year’s final teddy bear tally was 8232, a London Knights record. They all came flying onto the ice after Justin Taylor recorded the Knights first goal of the game against the Guelph Storm at 7:49 of the first period, a short-handed marker that would tie things at 1-1. London never looked back as they poured it on for the remainder of the game, cruising to an easy 8-1 victory.
It was a great night for a great cause, and when it was all said and done, neither the raining of teddy bears, not the opposition Storm could slow down the London Knights on this night.