It’s a hockey tradition that goes back to 1993 and the CHL Kamloops Blazers and a game where they encouraged their fans to bring stuffed bears to a particular December game to throw onto the ice after the home team scores its first goal of the game. The practice of holding a Teddy Bear Toss game has since spread around the globe, even making its way down under to Australia, the previous record was set by the Calgary Hitmen in 2015 where 28,815 bears hit the ice. But now there is a new record and it was set on Sunday, December 2nd, when the aptly named Hershey Bears, from Pennsylvania, hosted their Teddy Bear Toss game and the fans brought their A game.
It came in the first period, during a power play, when Riley Barber scored a power play goal; they came raining down in the thousands, the tens of thousands, the team has said that all in all there were 34,798 stuffed toys sent to the ice by the fans. When you divide that among the 30 local charities in Central Pennsylvania who will benefit from these donations that is over 1,000 stuffed animals each. So many kids are going to have a cuddly new buddy for this Christmas season and that alone is enough to make this your Good News Story of the Day.
Hershey Bears hockey sets world record with teddy bear toss for charity
But there is a little cherry on the top of this story, because not only was it the Hershey Bears who now hold the record, but the team they were playing? The one they defeated 6-3 that night? It was the Binghamton Devils. Let the Devils always lose in the face of the kindness and charity of the children of God.
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Story from Global News.