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December 5, 2008 3:30 PM

Hockey Tradition For Charity

I've heard of the Red Wings fans' tradition in Detroit of throwing octopi on the ice during the playoffs and throwing hats on the ice following a hat trick but the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League have a tradition that trumps both of these. Last Sunday the Hitmen held the 14th Annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss. When the Hitmen score their first goal of the game on this day fans shower the ice with teddy bears that are then distributed to local charities who give them to under-privileged children. The popularity of this event has grown exponentially. In the first year they collected 1,500 bears and on Sunday they got 22,722 of them. Can you imagine 22,722 teddy bears raining down on the ice? Well, you don't have to. Here's video from Mouthpiece Sports:

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