Friday, December 6, 2013

Oshawa teddy bear toss challenge

Press Release

On December 8, 2013, at the Generals game versus the Belleville Bulls, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is hoping to receive a record breaking 6,000 stuffed teddy bears.

These teddy bears will be tossed on the ice at the sound of the first Oshawa Generals goal at the General Motors Centre. This heart-warming festive tradition is being generously sponsored by Oshawa’s very own Meineke Car Care Centre and supported by our local little league hockey team players, who will collect the bears on the ice.
Last year, the annual event saw 5470 teddy bears and stuffed animals go to the Durham Region Children’s Aid Foundation. The first Generals goal last year came at 16:12 of the first period, when Chris Carlisle scored unassisted. The resulting shower of toys covered the ice with 5470 stuffed animals, far surpassing the record. The previous record was established in 2009 when the Teddy Bear Toss collected 4402 bears.

Durham Children's Aid Foundation is also challenging the Durham community to help raise one dollar for each bear generously donated by Oshawa Generals’ fans at the game. These funds will go towards their Holiday Hope Program, which provides festive hampers to children, youth and families in need, served by Durham Children’s Aid Society.
This year, the Durham Children's Aid Foundation expects to distribute 700 hampers but they need your help to make sure they can support all the children, youth and families on their list.

To donate, please visit their website at and click on ‘Canada Helps’ or simply mail a cheque to the Teddy Bear Toss Challenge, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation at 1320 Airport Blvd., Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4.  Volunteers will also be on hand at the game to collect donations.

Thank you on behalf of all Holiday Hope volunteers, staff and supporters.
For more information, contact the Foundation at 905-433-1551, ext. 2379
Teddy Bear Toss Facts:
Year Gens’ Goal Period Time Collected Attendance Opponent Outcome
1998 J. Baxter 1st 15:56 1,352 3,121 Peterborough 6-4 Loss
1999 N. Lees 1st 6:57 1,672 2,772 Kingston 4-2 Loss
2000 J. Kozoriz 2nd 2:21 1,709 2,391 Guelph 4-1 Win
2001 J. Johnson 1st 6:55 1,931 2,745 Kingston 4-3 OT Win
2002 C. Elliot 1st 15:38 2,164 2,770 Sudbury 8-2 Win
2003 C. Hulit 1st 17:25 2,462 2,925 Brampton 2-2 Tie
2004 B. Trudell 1st 19:44 2,491 3,168 Kingston 3-3 Tie
2005 C. Clutterbuck 1st 9:28 2,717 3,629 Belleville 4-1 Win
2006 C. Cowick 1st 12:54 1,930 3,481 Mississauga 11-5 Loss
2007 P. Asselin 1st 7:58 3,626 4,984 Saginaw 4-2 Win
2008 B. Parnham 1st 11:21 3,976 4,984 Belleville 5-2 Win
2009 A. Berger 2nd 4:12 4,402 4,543 Belleville 4-3 SO Win
2010 C. Thomas 2nd 4:34 3,117 4,075 Kingston 3-2 OT Win
2011 C.Thomas 1st 11:09 4,012 5,168 Sarnia 8-4 Win
2012 C. Carlisle 1st 16:12 5,470 6,008 Belleville 3-2 Win

Total teddy bears / stuffed animals collected in fifteen years – 43,031

To see a video featuring the Teddy Bear Toss, click here.

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