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/T – Captain America)
An incredible event for an incredible cause. Hats off to the Hitmen!