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Unleash the furry: 34,798 teddy bears fly as Hershey Bears set world record

Last week we talked about the opening of Teddy Bear Toss season, and the goodness continued on Sunday night in historic fashion.

The fans of the AHL’s Hershey Bears delivered during the team’s Teddy Bear Toss night. Following Riley Barber’s first period goal, the Giant Center crowd unleashed the furry and let the bears fly.

When it was all said and done and the bears were counted up, the Hershey fans helped set a world record with a grand total of 34,798. The previous record holders were the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, who collected 28,815 in 2015. The Hitmen, by the way, will hold their Teddy Bear Toss Night this upcoming Sunday, so the challenge has been laid down for the Saddledome crowd.

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According to the Bears, over 30 local charities will receive the bears for distribution, which is just another reason why this is the best promotion in sports. Hockey, teddy bears, throwing soft plushy toys on the ice, and people are helped out in the end.

It was a pretty good night for all bears involved. First, you had the Teddy Bear Toss world record and then the Hershey Bears went out and topped the Binghamton Devils 6-3.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy