The Teddy Bear Toss is a holiday hockey tradition that began with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1993 in which fans bring stuffed animals to throw on the ice after the first home goal of the game. The toys are then gathered up by the ice crew and donated to local charities.
The good cheer was dampened slightly at a recent OHL game between the Kingston Frontenacs and the visiting Guelph Storm when fans began tossing the toys onto the ice for what was ruled to be a no-goal.
Luckily fans still got to have their fun by donating stuffed animals, and even though the Frontenacs had that goal taken away, the team managed to find the back of the net three times in a win over the Storm.
In case you were wondering, the Frontenacs are named after Louis de Baude de Frontenac, who was the governor of New France in the late 17th century. You are welcome.
– Brendan Maloy