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Hershey Bears teddy bear toss

The Hershey Bears celebrate the first goal of the game as teddy bears fly by.

Ever seen 25,000 teddy bears fly through the air simultaneously? You will now with this fun video.

I’m not a follower of ice hockey, so I didn’t even know about the tradition of annual Teddy Bear Tosses for charity.  At these designated December hockey games, attendees vault stuffed teddy bears into the rink when their team scores its first goal. Watching the spectacle of it is great fun, and the event is a great idea because all of the bears are collected and given to charity.

I can’t wait until my kids get home from school so I can show them these great videos of two recent Teddy Bear Tosses:

Here’s a Youtube video of the Hershey Bears beating the Portland Pirates 7-1, with a total of 10,119 teddy bears thrown onto the ice.  All of the bears will be donated to the Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTZn3CxWEAI[/youtube]

And even better, here’s a YouTube video of a similar event with the Calgary HitMen, with more than 25,000 bears flying through the frosty air.   Unfortunately the Hit Men lost to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPP7iqMqd74[/youtube]

What total joy! This really makes me want to take my family to a hockey game.

Photo credit: Hershey Bears/Kyle Mace

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