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Bring bears to Bees vs. Buccanneers game

Teddy bears will hit the ice at the second Annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Sponsored by the Baldwinsville Bees Varsity Ice Hockey team, the event will be held during the Oswego Buccanneers game, which starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena.

B'ville Bees fans are asked to bring new, unused teddy bears to the hockey game and to register their bears before the game. Between the first and second periods, they will be asked to throw the teddy bears on the ice. Whoever throws the teddy bear closest to center ice wins $25 and a B'ville T-shirt. The teddy bears will be collected and donated to Crouse Hospital. Last year the team collected almost 100 bears for the University Hospital.

Baldwinsville the only high school in Central New York to have a teddy bear toss and Head Coach Mark Lloyd suggested the idea.

"These student-athletes receive a tremendous amount of support from their community. This is a way in which they can give back to others," Lloyd said.

The teddy bear toss originated in the minor hockey leagues in Canada. Usually the teddy bear toss takes place before Christmas and the bears are tossed when the home team scores its first goal. The record for the most number of bears tossed is 26,919 at the home game of the Calgary Hitmen in December 2007.

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