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Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss

The Calgary Hitmen, a Western Hockey League team, were hosting a game against their local rivals the Medicine Hat Tigers. This isn’t your typical hockey game though. On December 4, 2011, it was the 17th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss Game!

How does it work? “Fans are encouraged to bring a small or medium sized stuffed toy to the game and toss it on the ice when the Hitmen score their first goal”. 50 different charities including: Salvation Army, Calgary Womens Emergency Shelter, Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie and the Alberta Children’s Hospital are recipients of the stuffed toys.

Pretty awesome idea right? To get into the Christmas and giving spirit, the Hitmen players wear a jersey that is slightly altered. Last year, the Hitmen wore a Christmas-red as opposed to their traditional red. This year, the players had snow on their numbers and their “hitman” wearing a Christmas hat!

Fans were eager to throw their teddy bears onto the ice as the first period passed. With two minutes left in the second period, Calder Brooks (in the picture above, on the right) gave the fans permission to toss the teddies.

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The 2011 Teddy Bear Toss saw 25,003 teddies on the ice that night. Unfortunately for the Hitmen, they fell 2-1 to the Tigers. For the fans, they were able to have fun throwing their stuffed toys on the ice for a great cause. The players will go on to donate all the stuffed animals to the 50 different charities.

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The Teddy Bear Toss isn’t exclusive to the Calgary Hitmen. Other teams around the league such as the Vancouver Giants and Portland Winterhawks have adopted the Teddy Bear Toss. If your local team hosts a Teddy Bear Toss, I recommend you attend the event! It’s a great cause and great fun!

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51-Year-Old Recreational League Goalie Signed by the Minnesota Wild

Richard Deutsch, owner of an embroidery store, got a very interesting call on the 23rd of November. While at work, he got a call from Minnesota Wild goalie coach Bob Mason informing Deutsch that they needed a goalie. The plane carrying third string goalie, Matt Hackett, was not going to arrive on time. According to NHL rules, the Wild were not allowed to sign a goalie with professional experience.

The 51-Year-Old raced down to Xcel Energy Center and signed his very first NHL contract! Deutsch was able to sit in on the pre-game meeting by head coach Mike Yeo. Deutsch has practiced on numerous occasions with the Minnesota Wild but this was something beyond his wildest dreams. Deutsch told reporters: “I was actually shaking while I was signing [the contract]”.

Waiting in the locker room, for Deutsch, was his very own goalie jersey with his name printed on the back. He had taken the spot of main goaltender Niklas Backstrom. Unfortunately, Matt Hackett made it just in time and Richard Deutsch was a last minute scratch from the game. However, he was able to join in a bit of the pre-game skate. Best of all, the Minnesota Wild gave him the jersey and a copy of his very first NHL contract!

After the game Mike Yeo told reporters “He handled it great. Guys really enjoyed having him in there.”

Watch the video of Richard’s story here.

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Hurricane Irene Couldn’t Stop These Strangers

Hurricane Irene hit New York in late August. Surely, one would run inside and hide until the sun comes out. In fact, most people dislike when it rains. What’s really neat is that despite the Hurricane Irene hitting New York, it could not stop these strangers from impromptu activities. It brought a group of random strangers together for a game of soccer, hockey, and even some slip and slides! What’s even better is that everyone has a smile on their face. Not one person in this video is sad about the weather. These people took a dim situation and made it as much fun as possible!

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