The Teddy Bear Toss Collected 20,000 Bears for Charity in Calgary

 - Dec 16, 2012
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This incredible teddy bear toss happened in the CHL at the Calgary Hitmen’s arena. Approximately 20,000 teddy bears were tossed on the ice after the Hitmen scored a goal.

Before you scratch your head too hard, this is a tradition. The original tradition was spawned by Scott Mellanby years ago when he found a rat in the change room and killed it with a slap shot. Fans of the Florida Panthers started throwing toy rats on the ice after a goal in 1996. The tradition moved on to other NHL arenas before the league imposed a delay of game penalty on the home team whenever fans disrupted the game this way.

The tradition took a charitable twist in this case. Every fan attending the game was asked to bring a teddy bear. When the Hitmen scored, all the bears were thrown onto the ice and the bears were given to charity.