The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are proud to announce that the Canadian Tire Teddy and Toque Toss will take place Friday, December 2nd, 2016 when the Hurricanes host the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.
This year will be the 21st anniversary of the Teddy and Toque Toss in Lethbridge after starting back in 1995. Last year, a total of 3,320 stuffed animals and 546 toques were collected for a total of 3,866 total donations after Cory Millette scored to send the bears and toques flying at the 4:06 mark of the first period; the ‘Canes went on to a 6-2 victory over the Rebels. The Hurricanes record for bears collected came in 2007 when 5,202 fans threw 21,905 bears on the ENMAX Centre ice.
The Teddy Bear Toss is a popular tradition near the Christmas season celebrated by many hockey teams throughout North America that originated in 1993 at a Kamloops Blazers game. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal, and in Lethbridge’s case also a toque, to the game and throw them on the ice when the home team scores their first goal.
Once again this year, the Hurricanes will deliver all bears and toques collected to local organizations, including: Chinook Regional Hospital, Salvation Army, Streets Alive, Blood Tribe Police, Taber Food Bank, Head Dress Society, Sik ooh kotoki Friendship Society, Piikani Schools Napi Friendship Assocation in Pincher Creek and Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree for Kids. Following the Teddy Bear and Toque Toss night, Hurricane players will make a special visit to children at the Chinook Regional Hospital and deliver stuffed animals.
Tickets for the Teddy and Toque Toss go on sale Tuesday, November 15th, at both Canadian Tire locations. With a purchase of a bear or toque for $9.99, fans will receive their ticket to the game for free.