It rained teddy bears at the Saddledome!
WATCH ABOVE: Hitmen Radel Fazleev scores first to ignite the toss, sending thousands of teddy bears flying from the stands onto the ice.
CALGARY- The 20th annual Calgary Hitmen teddy bear toss hit the ice less than two minutes into the game against Moose Jaw Sunday.
It was Calgary Hitmen Radel Fazleev who scored first to ignite the toss, sending thousands of teddy bears flying onto the ice.
The organization says a total of 25,214 bears were tossed and will be donated to more than 60 local agencies.
2007 holds the highest record of 26,919 teddy bears.
Last year, more than 17,000 fans packed the Saddledome and watched as Pavel Padakin became the first player in franchise history to score two Teddy Bear toss goals. Padakin celebrated by doing a ‘snow angel’ in all the teddy bears on the ice.
A total of 25,921 teddy bears hit the ice last year, becoming the second-most total in team history and falling just 998 teddy bears short of the world record.
“As we celebrate 20 years of Hitmen hockey, it is incredible to see the growth of this event and impact it has on the agencies in Calgary and surrounding area,” Mike Moore the GM for the Hitmen said.
The world famous Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss has even made Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.
The toys go to needy kids and great causes in Calgary, including the Food Bank and YWCA.
WATCH: Merry Christmas from the Calgary Hitmen