The teddy bear toss is becoming a popular event among many levels of minor and junior hockey. Those attending a particular game come with a teddy bear or other stuffed animal, which they hold onto until the home team makes the first goal. That is their cue to let toss those teddies!

If you haven’t experienced a teddy bear toss, then you will definitely want to check out this video of some 25,000 stuffed animals hurtling toward the skating surface after the Calgary Hitmen make their first goal of the night.

Usually done around the holidays, the stuffed animals are collected up and donated to one or more charities so that children will have a brighter holiday season than they may originally have expected. Like Toys for Tots and other such charities, this is just one of the many ways in which hockey players at all levels look to give back to their communities.

This Friday, December 6, as Northeastern University hosts the Providence Friars at Matthews Arena, the Northeastern Huskies will be holding their second annual teddy bear toss. If you are planning on coming to the game, don’t forget to bring a stuffed animal. And if you can’t attend the game, you can still help support this wonderful program by donating through the Northeastern Student Alumni Association – Catalyst page.

Tis the season.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.

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