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The stuff that dreams are made of: Calgary Hitmen’s annual Teddy Bear Toss a big success (video)

Dec 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Calgary Hitmen Padakin celebrates his goal in a pile of Teddy Bears at the Hitmen Teddy Bear toss during their major junior hockey game against the Kootenay Ice in Calgary. Reuters

It’s kind of sad that the Calgary Teddy Bear Toss only happens once a year: the rest of the world could learn a thing or two from this photo. What if the people of Earth could drop bears, not bombs?

Sunday night was the 18th annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Calgary Saddledome, and as you can see here, the Hitmen’s Pavlo Padakin is plush with pride after his first-period goal triggered an avalanche of teddys from the crowd. The bears were donated by fans in attendance, and will be distributed to local charities, children’s hospitals and the like.

Sunday’s haul was 21,453 teddy bears, tossed onto the ice by 16,912 fans following the first goal of the game (Calgary went on to beat Kootenay in the WHL matchup, 4-1).

There is no world conflict that wouldn’t look petty and ridiculous when covered with teddy bears. How great would it be if a couple thousand could be dropped into whatever boardroom the NHL labor negotiations are taking place?


See last year’s Teddy Bear toss.


On Saturday night, fans of the Hershey Bears of the AHL pelted the ice with about 12,000 teddy bears in a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network (below).