Hitmen, Condors among teams holding reimagined Teddy Bear Tosses


It is officially Teddy Bear Toss season, but like everything else the annual event held at many minor league hockey games had to look a little different this year.

Due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, with some pro sports leagues hosting no fans or very few and others not playing games at all, the Holiday Teddy Bear Toss turned into a drive-up event for many teams.

No one did it better than the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. The team set up “Teddy Bear Lane,” a massive Winter Wonderland complete with costumed characters like the Grinch and an inflatable ice rink to house the bears. Even Santa Claus made an appearance.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: Sights and sounds from Teddy Bear Lane’s opening night!If you would like to visit Teddy Bear Lane this weekend, you can get more info here ������ https://t.co/c8jg1MrOcQ pic.twitter.com/kcXH5aJfQO

Workers removed the bears, which were then screened and donated.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who made Teddy Bear Lane possible! pic.twitter.com/old5WbEqcH

In all, the Hitmen rounded up 18,063 stuffed toys for various charities.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: The number is in!! 🧸Thanks to your amazing support, a grand total of 18,063 stuffed toys was collected for charity during the 2020 Teddy Bear Collection! Details ������ https://t.co/3Xk36oEast pic.twitter.com/fTSxuMNbNT

In conjunction with the event (donations can be made online through Friday) the team also ran a bracket-style poll asking for fan’s favorite Teddy Bear Toss goals.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: Our final QF @TELUS Teddy Bear Bracket match-up: @jstallard27’s 2015 goal vs. @vladdy_8’s 2017 tally! pic.twitter.com/lnU3N9twmR

The team shared some of the best pictures from the event on its website.

Tweet from @WHLHitmen: What a weekend it was! 🧸Have a look at some of the best shots from Teddy Bear Lane in the photo gallery from the three-day event! ������ https://t.co/bXh9TNjvcc📸: @CWardPhoto pic.twitter.com/Jx2PWHkkMO

The Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League held a Teddy Bear Toss of sorts, but instead of hurling stuffed animals from seats inside the arena, fans gave their arms a workout from inside their cars. The Condors reported that they collected more than 3,000 stuffed animals from the event.

Tweet from @Condors: Who has more fun than us? #TeddyBearToss 🐻🐻🐻 pic.twitter.com/GS0TokVS4n

A little rain didn’t spoil the Maine Mariners’ parade of gift givers. The ECHL team held a drive-through toss into the back of a pickup truck.

Tweet from @MarinersOfMaine: #TeddyBearToss2020 🧸 pic.twitter.com/r2rE7WWxL5

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