Post by DiamondThief on Dec 7, 2014 14:01:48 GMT -8
Dec. 6 -- Winterhawks fans outdid themselves in the annual Teddy Beat Toss. Literally.
A sellout crowd of 10,095 was on hand at the Hawks game against the Everett Silvertips Friday night at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Those fans tossed 10,578 stuffed animals on the ice following Paul Bittner's goal just 2:59 into the game. That comes to one bear per fan, plus 483.
The Teddy Bear toss is one of the most popular events of the Winterhawks season. Following the first Hawks goal of the game, fans are called upon to toss their bears on to the ice. The stuffed animals are donated to local hospitals and charitable organizations to give to children who are ill or less fortunate than others.
Bittner scored what is known as the "teddy bear goal."
Everett scored a goal 55 seconds later to tied it before Bittner scored his second goal to put Portland up 2-1. The Hawks would lead the rest of the night en route to a 5-3 win over the Silvertips.