22,000 Teddy Bears Tossed Onto The Ice During Calgary Hitmen Game (Video)

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Every year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Calgary Hitmen hold an event known as “The Teddy Bear Toss.”

The Hitmen, in case you didn’t realize, are a junior hockey team (named after legendary WWE wrestler Brett “The Hitman” Hart) that play in Canada’s WHL and are owned by the Calgary Flames. When they hold their big “Teddy Bear Toss,” fans bring new teddy bears with them to the game. Then, after the first Calgary goal is scored, the fans throw all the teddy bears onto the ice, and they are then donated to local hospitals and other children’s charities for Christmas presents.

Pretty awesome, right?

Well, the Hitmen, being owned by an NHL team, get to play in an NHL-size arena–the Scotiabank Saddledome. Thus, the 18th Annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday collected an impressive 21,453 teddy bears.

And of course, in addition to making the Christmases of 21,453 children a little bit brighter, the event also made for some pretty incredible YouTube videos, like this one:

The guy who scored the goal that unleashed the torrent of teddy bears was a Ukrainian kid named Pavlo Padakin. I mention this because, after the game, Pavlo gave an all-time great sports quote in his broken, Ukrainian English:

“When they start to fall down, I said, ‘Oh my God. What do I need to do?’ I can’t skate to the bench because all ice was in bears.”

I can’t skate to the bench because all ice was in bears? Quotes don’t get much better than that.

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Hat Tip – [Calgary Sun]

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