Dec 16, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT
How great would hockey be if after every home goal, a rain of teddy bears cascaded onto the ice from the stands? No child anywhere would go without a toy (with the possible exception of New Jersey).
It was the 16th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss with the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday, and the haul was 23,096 bears, which cascaded from the rafters following their first goal. Not bad, considering the crowd was just more than 16,000.
The next day, players were out at a local hospital to distribute the bears to those in need.
Trevor Grant said when his two-year-old son Easton was given a teddy bear, he had trouble fighting back his emotions. “(Easton has) had a rough life so it’s really neat to see this happen,” said Grant.
Easton’s mom, Jalene Grant, said they come to the hospital every week and having the Hitmen hand Easton a teddy bear made their day a little brighter. “It just puts a smile on their face, everything they have to go through. To be able to take five minutes and do that is pretty awesome.”
Calgary Hitmen Succeed With Annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ [Fanhouse]
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