Teddy Bear Toss back, better than ever around minor league arenas


‘Tis the season to toss teddy bears.

Around the minor league hockey circuit, the Teddy Bear Toss was back after a hiatus in 2020 due to restricted attendance.

Tweet from @ENMAX: It���s been 734 days since we’ve seen all of the smiling faces and stuffed animals flying at the ENMAX Teddy Bear Toss. Thank you for your generous donations that will go to over 50 local agencies this holiday season. @WHLHitmen pic.twitter.com/zRPwBQ8pz9

For the uninitiated, Teddy Bear Toss events are when fans bring stuffed, soft toys to a game and, after the first goal is scored by the home team, throw them out on the ice.

The plushies are collected and donated to a charity to be given to those in need. With the growing popularity of the event around the college and professional ranks, it would be impossible to share every single Teddy Bear Toss Night, so here are some of our favorites.

The Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League had quite the successful event.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Another successful Teddy Bear Toss in the books 🧸 pic.twitter.com/mAfzWiRABt

The Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen also collected plenty of toys.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: It’s back, and it’s better than ever🧸@ENMAX | #WHLHitmen pic.twitter.com/X4k9Mc5D4P

Also in the WHL, Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Sebastian Cossa celebrated Teddy Bear Toss night with a customized mask.

Tweet from @Friedesigns: Teddy Bear Toss 🧸 mask for @SebastianCossa of the @EdmOilKings Puck drop tonight! Mask will be auctioned off for charity, check out @EdmOilKings for more info! Mask is a tribute to healthcare & frontline workers! pic.twitter.com/2ImfLVm1oY

The Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL invoked the Will Ferrell holiday classic “Elf” on their night, wearing jerseys modeled after Buddy the Elf’s wardrobe.

Tweet from @kc_mavericks: ���Oh, it���s not a costume. I���m an elf.��� – Buddy pic.twitter.com/DBcszKkw2x

The ECHL’s Florida Everblades also had bears rain down on them recently.

Tweet from @FL_Everblades: TEEEDDDYYY BEEEAAARR TIIIMMMEEEE🧸The guy: @Johnny_Mack14 pic.twitter.com/OiiZSSnnq6

The Brandon Wheat Kings got those bears to the ice just 20 seconds into their game.

Tweet from @bdnwheatkings: Put it in the history books as the fastest BWK Teddy Bear Toss goal ever – Brett Hyland sends the bears flying just 20 seconds into the game!! pic.twitter.com/HHGL3kxqpS

No matter when the Teddy Bear Toss goal happens, there will be a brief delay, but a delay well worth it for a good cause.

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