Calgary Hitmen 2011 Teddy Bear Toss Was A Hit! (Video)

2011 teddy bear tossEvery season for the past 17 years the Calgary Hitmen have held their annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss Game.  It is a popular event that urges fans to come out to the Saddledome for a pre-etablished game and throw as many fluffy, stuffed animals as they can onto the ice following the Hitmen’s first goal.

The 2011 edition of the Teddy Bear Toss game was held this past Sunday, and once again it was a hit.  Although, for a while it almost seemed as though a Hitmen goal would never come.

Nearly 40 minutes into the game, the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers held a 1-0 lead, and goaltender Tyler Bunz appeared to be in the zone.  But with 1:39 remaining in the second period, Hitmen rookie Calder Brooks broke the shutout and set off a flurry that saw over 25,000 stuffed animals land on the ice.

It took over 20 minutes for the Hitmen players, staff and volunteers to clean the ice, but when the action resumed in the third period, it appeared as though the clean-up had taken just enough out of the Hitmen players to allow the Tigers to escape with the 2-1 victory.

It was a disappointing way to end one of the season’s biggest game for Calgary, but it wasn’t all bad news, as a total of 25,303 stuffed animals were collected and will be delivered to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, as well as over 50 other agencies around the city.

Here is a look at what a teddy bear storm looks like.

Hat Tip – [Calgary Herald]

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