|A blizzard of teddy bears rains down on a Hershey, Pennsylvania|
hockey rink on Sunday for a very good reason.
There's a tradition in minor league hockey for something called the teddy bear toss, and the one Sunday at the Hershey game was one for the record books.
In the toss, when the home team scores the first goal of the season, fans toss teddy bears onto the ice.
Midway through the first period on Sunday, the Hershey Bears scored their first goal of the game. Everybody expected teddy bears to rain down on the ice, but nobody expected this. Watch the awesome video at the bottom of this post to see how this went down. It was beautifu
For nearly 10 minutes teddy bears flew from the stands in a blinding stuffed animal blizzard. When all was said and done, 34,798 stuffed animals had landed on the ice.
All the toys go to charity. Most of them go to local organizations like food banks, churches and the Lions Club. Some of them go to the Children's Miracle Network and the American Cancer Society.
All of the 34,798 stuffed animals make kids' Christmas all the better. Sunday's teddy bear toss set a new record in minor league hockey. The previous record was set by the Calgary Hitmen in 2015.
The teddy bear toss at the Hershey Bears game Sunday forced a long delay in the game, but nobody complained. I think it would have been especially fun being in the lower seats above the upper decks. After you throw your teddy bear onto the ice, more rain down from above, so you'd grab those and fling them onto the rink as well.
Here's the video: