Hockey fans hurl more than 45,000 teddy bears at a Hershey Bears game for charity

  • The Pennsylvania Hershey Bears celebrated their annual Teddy Bear Toss holiday tradition earlier this week.
  • Fans of the hockey team hurled more than 45,000 thousands teddy bears at the arena all for charity.
  • The Hershey Bears pro-hockey team holds the Teddy Bear Toss every year to collect toys for children in need.

The Pennsylvania pro-hockey team held its annual Teddy Bear Toss during their game earlier this week. The activity is a hockey tradition that invites fans in the stands to hurl stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team gets its first goal. The toys are intended for local charities.

After The Bears scored — that was the cue to start the toss.

Fans hurled stuffed animals from every seat in the sports arena. Soon, the players were outnumbered by the toys piled on the ice.
“IT’S RAINING STUFFED ANIMALS IN CHOCOLATE TOWN!” sports commentators cheered.
The annual toss of toys caused the game to be delayed by 40 minutes.
The players took the chance to dive into the feet high pile. Martin Fehervary, the team’s defenseman used his hockey stick to swing at the stuffed animals as though they were softballs.
The Bears staff collected 45,650 toys in all — the largest ever among all participating teams this year and the final tally numbered 10,000 toys more than last year’s toss. The toys range from cute teddy bears to a gigantic stuffed sloth that waded down the stands like a crowd surfer. 
The stuffed animals will be split among 40 central Pennsylvania charities, according to the team. One club seat holder pledged to donate $1 per stuffed
animal to  Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises funds for pediatric hospitals and medical research, according to CNN affiliate WHTM.
This year’s toss is a feat for the team. Not only that, the Bears won in overtime later Sunday night.
Source: CNN