We love our local OHL team, the Kitchener Rangers. Not just for they way they play, and how they are competing in the touch Midwest division. But how they give back to the community.
Like with their Teddy Bear Toss. Fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Erie Otters were encouraged to bring a new or gently-used teddy bear and when the Rangers score their first goal, throw them onto the ice.
Boy, did they!
Liam Maaskant scored the teddy bear goal in the Rangers’ 20th Annual Teddy Bear Toss, which collected a team-record 9,882 stuffed animals. The teddy bears were flying early, as Liam opening the scoring just 72 seconds into the first period. Darby Llewellyn set up the special tally with a pass from behind the net that connected with the captain near the blueline.
The goal sparked a cascade of 9,882 bears, a new record for the Teddy Bear Toss. Over the past 20 years, Rangers fans have generously donated 111,154 stuffed animals to local charitable groups.