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OHL fans contribute more than 52,000 teddy bears for children in need

Dec 24, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT


In the lead-up to the holidays, many Ontario Hockey League teams held Teddy Bear Toss Nights as a way to help bring joy to less fortunate children.

This year the league announced that it collected more than 52,000 bears to spread among local communities. The London Knights led the way with 10,671 teddy bears tossed onto the ice after Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith netted the Knights’ opening goal in their game against the Owen Sound Attack on Dec. 14.

That was a record for the Knights and they weren’t the only OHL team that topped its previous best.

In addition, OHL team holiday fundraisers raised more than $20,000 for toy and canned food drives.

The teddy bear toss isn’t limited to the OHL. On Dec. 1, the AHL reported that fans threw 12,497 bears onto the ice during the Hershey Bears’ game versus the Norfolk Admirals.

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  1. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Good on the OHL and their fans for doing the “right” thing !

    By the way Dadoun, why are you still working? It’s almost Christmas man? Anyway, I like all of the PHT writers here, but you’re still my favorite because of the excellent articles you wrote about my LA Kings this past spring. For me it’s been a truly special year with our incredible Cup win and all. And it was a blast for me personally, having found this PHT website and having the chance to blab about it, etc. I doubt it “will” or “could” ever happen again in the same way and so I say thanks to you guys and thanks to 2012! Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013! … please enjoy the following which is “seriously” one of my favorite all time Christmas songs … Blomfeld :)

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