Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss

 
The 20th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss Game will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm when the Calgary Hitmen host the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Scotiabank Saddledome
 
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The 19th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss Game took place on Sunday, December 1, 2013 when the Hitmen hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers. 


17,199 fans packed the Scotiabank Saddledome and watched as Pavel Padakin became the first player in franchise history to score two Teddy Bear toss goals. Three minutes into the second period, Radel Fazleev threw the puck to the net, and Padakin was able to slam home his seventh goal of the year. A grand-total of 25,921 teddy bears hit the ice, becoming the second-most total in team history and falling just 998 teddy bears short of the world record. 

Media Coverage 

The Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss made Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. (Thanks to Mike's Bloggity Blog for the footage)

"While football fans are content to scream at the top of their lungs, cricket fans politely clap and darts fans have a beer (or two), supporters of the Calgary Hitmen do their celebrations a little bit differently." -- New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)

"The Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League have a pretty menacing name, but they could also go by a cuddlier moniker if they wanted to: Teddy Bear Kings of the World. That's seemingly what they've become over the last few years." -- CBS Sports (USA)

"Really great call on using teddy bears. Much better than pretzels." -- The Star Press (USA)

"It's raining teddy bears, hallelujah, it's raining teddy bears!" -- Huffington Post (USA)

"Fans of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team made their annual donation to local charities by showering the ice with teddy bears." -- ABS CBN News (Philippines)

"If you watch closely, Padakin did a snow angel as the stuffed toys rained down. Livin' the dream." -- Buzzing The Net (Canada)

"Fortunately such an annual event does not occur in the Premier League, or groundsmen could have one hell of a task on." -- Daily Mirror (UK)

"That video’s basically a toddler’s dream, isn’t it?" -- NBC Sports (USA)

Deadspin (USA)

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

BBC News (Britain)  

Season Date Opponent Score First Goal No. of Bears Attendance
1995-96 Dec. 16, 1995 Saskatoon 5-3 W Boris Protsenko 1,323 7,905
1996-97 Dec. 15, 1996 Saskatoon 7-4 L Jeremy Schaefer 1,000 4,418
1997-98 Dec. 13, 1997 Edmonton 4-2 W Sean McAslan 1,424 4,473
1998-99 Dec. 13, 1998 Red Deer 3-2 OTW Brad Moran 2,107 6,107
1999-00 Dec. 3, 1999 Saskatoon 4-1 W Pavel Brendl 3,600 5,323
2000-01 Dec. 3, 2000 Kootenay Ice 4-4 T Matt Kinch 6,500 10,329
2001-02 Dec. 16, 2001 Medicine Hat 7-2 W Brandon Segal 7,389 10,216
2002-03 Dec. 2, 2002 Medicine Hat 5-4 W Rob Smith 7,603 10,647
2003-04 Dec. 14, 2003 Red Deer 3-2 L Andrew Ladd 9,929 14,190
2004-05 Dec. 5, 2004 Saskatoon 4-3 L Ryan Getzlaf 13,156 16,073
2005-06 Dec. 4, 2005 Moose Jaw 5-1 W Brodie Dupont 13,650 14,662
2006-07 Dec. 10, 2006 Prince George 4-0 W Ryan White 15,540 16,582
2007-08* Dec. 2, 2007 Prince George 6-2 W Ian Duval 26,919 17,341
2008-09 Nov. 30, 2008 Brandon 4-1 W Brandon Kozun 22,722 18,105
2009-10 Dec. 13, 2009 Kootenay Ice 3-2 W Ian Schultz 16,755 16,751
2010-11 Dec. 12, 2010 Red Deer 2-0 W Cody Sylvester 23,096 16,844
2011-12 Dec. 4, 2011 Medicine Hat 2-1 L Calder Brooks 25,303 16,014
2012-13 Dec. 2, 2012 Kootenay Ice 4-1 W Pavel Padakin 21,453 16,912
2013-14 Dec. 1, 2013 Medicine Hat 4-1 W Pavel Padakin 25,921 17,199

*Set World Record for Number of Bears Collected  

Total Teddy Bears Collected: 245,390

Total Attendance: 240,091