PA Hockey Fans Covered Arena With More Than 45,000 Teddy Bears For Charity

 

The Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss, a time-honored hockey tradition that invites fans in the stands to chuck stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team sinks its first goal.

The bears are then donated to local charities.

It took eight minutes for the bears to score, and it turned out to be a record setting night with more than 45,000 bears thrown onto the ice.

The bear toss delayed the game by 40 minutes.

In all, Bears staff counted 45,650 stuffed animals. The team says this year's haul is the largest ever among all participating teams and the final tally numbered 10,000 toys more than last year's toss.

 

The team says the toys will be split among 40 central Pennsylvania charities.

One club seat holder pledged to donate $1 per stuffed animal to Children's Miracle Network.

 
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