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Video: WHL fans rain more than 25,000 teddy bears onto ice

Dec 1, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

For the second year in a row, Pavel Padakin of the Calgary Hitmen scored the requisite “Teddy Bear Toss” goal. The end result was more than 25,000 teddy bears raining down on the ice during the WHL team’s match against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Sunday.

It’s seriously a stunning thing to behold:

That video’s basically a toddler’s dream, isn’t it?

The event has charitable leanings, making the warm-and-fuzziness just that much more warm-and-fuzzy. This is the 19th annual addition of the event, which drew 17,199 to a building the Hitmen share with the Calgary Flames.

Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net provides a little more background:

The charitable effort has is annual rite across the Canadian Hockey League in November and December. Calgary’s archrival, the Edmonton Oil Kings, also hold a big one (complete with tips on how it’s done). At least two major junior teams, the Belleville Bulls and Kootenay Ice, ask fans to throw winter gloves and hats which are given to those in need.

Really, this photo via the Hitmen’s Twitter feed really says it all, though:

source: Getty Images

Has anyone made a mattress out of teddy bears before?

  1. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    way to explain what the requisite for the “teddy bear goal” actually is.

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Here you go (from the Yahoo link):

      Fans throw stuffed animals on the ice after the home team’s first goal of the game, which the team then collects and distributes to various charities. On Sunday, the crowd of 17,199 in Calgary, many of whom brought multiple stuffed toys, had to hold on through a scoreless opening period. At the 3:42 mark of the second, forward Pavel Padakin did the honours for the second year in a row.

      Awesome video. Those bears just didn’t stop coming!

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Not sure why anyone thumbed down your comment, phillyphan…83 (too many “n’s”). It was a legitimate remark about the paucity of information in PHT’s article.

  2. dallasstars9 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Needs to be mentioned that this is just as big (if not bigger) of a tradition in Portland, Ore. Go Hawks!

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Highlights include: the music; the player who slides to the blue line and does snow-angels; and the last several hundred being thrown by folks in the front rows who were bombarded from the upper decks and the ones that hit the glass. (No real bears were injured in the filming of this movie.)

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      (No real bears were injured in the filming of this movie.) Funny, and thanks for the laugh, nothanks!

      Too bad the Hitmen couldn’t get permission to use and play The Weather Girls’ song, and substitute with: “It’s raining bears! Hallelujah, it’s raining bears!”

      That was some sight. Three minutes of bears flying threw the air.

      Notice that the visiting team left the ice and their bench almost immediately? And, this was at the 3:42 mark of the second period.

      NBC News mentioned this story on their evening news broadcast tonight. They played just a few seconds of the video.

      Nice story.

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