GUNNING FOR THE RECORD ... AGAIN
The Calgary Hitmen want to revisit Dec. 6, 2015 — and then some — for The Brick Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday at the Saddledome.
That’s the year the junior team broke a world record for the toss, when 28,815 stuffies rained down on Dome ice after Jordy Stallard scored the game’s first goal.
But last Sunday, that mark was eclipsed by the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, when fans littered the ice with 34,798 stuffed toys in a game against the Binghamton Devils.
With the 24th annual toss Sunday, the Hitmen want to regain that record.
“On behalf of the Calgary Hitmen, we would like to congratulate the Hershey Bears on their world-record teddy bear toss,” said Rob Kerr, the Hitmen assistant manager of business operations. “We know that the nearly 35,000 bears will be welcomed by local charities across central Pennsylvania.
“While one week isn’t a long time to hold a record, we are quite confident that a full building this Sunday will mean that the teddy bear toss world record will return to its rightful owners, the Calgary Hitmen,” Kerr continued. “We have over 70 agencies in the local area that have requested bears this holiday season, and we know Calgarians are going to rise to the occasion to help their community.”
Fans are asked to bring a bear or two or even five and throw them onto the ice when the Hitmen score their first goal against the Kamloops Blazers at the Dome (2 p.m.).
The Hitmen and their fans have collected 347,948 bears to date.
Earlier this week, the Brick announced that for every stuffy collected on Sunday, it will donate 25 cents to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.