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Attack Of The Canadian Teddy Bears

By Wyatt Earp | December 18, 2010

For 16 years the [Calgary] Hitmen, who were co-owned by and named after former WWF champion Bret Hart, have held a Teddy Bear Toss to benefit over 50 charities in Alberta that work with children. On Monday, after the 23,000-strong toss, the players hand-delivered teddy bears to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

The fans bring the stuffed animals to the game and then wait for the first goal to be scored. For the 16,844 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome watching the Hitmen take on the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday, the honor went to Cody Sylvester at 3:49 of the first period. He scored, and the mayhem started and continued for 40 minutes while play was delayed. “It’s unbelievable,” Sylvester told the Examiner after the game. “Scoring in front of all those fans and all those teddy bears coming down on you — it’s a pretty special moment.” (H/TCaptain America)

An incredible event for an incredible cause. Hats off to the Hitmen!

Topics: Ice Hockey, Video | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Attack Of The Canadian Teddy Bears”

  1. Robert B. Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I remember the Cleveland Browns fans throwing rocks at the opposing team’s players some years ago. The Canuucks show a lot more class than they did.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Robert B – Yeah, I should say so. A lot of them threw bears wrapped in plastic, so they weren’t dirty from the ice.

  3. RandyG Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Well done neighbors to the the north!

  4. RT Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    So cool…why I love hockey!

  5. Jon Brooks Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Almost had a John Boehner moment watching the video.
    Pretty damn cool, God bless em all.

    Robert B – I think that may have been our one and only time for “a quarter a beer night”, ending with fans attacking the players, players attacking the fans, tearing up the stadium, rioting in center field, a night of national disgrace. Come to think of it, lets do that again!

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    RandyG – Agreed.

    RT – Best sport in the world.

    Jon – Yeah, apparently they do it every year.