GUN­NING FOR THE RECORD ... AGAIN

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — POST­MEDIA NEWS SER­VICES

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.

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