When Spencer Bennett of the Portland Winterhawks (Portland, Oregon) scored the 2009 “Teddy Bear Goal” in the first period on Saturday, November 28 against rival Seattle Thunderbirds, it triggered a shower of teddy bears tossed onto the rink. Over 16,000 bears were collected in all and will be donated to children’s charities throughout the greater Portland area.
The teddy bear toss tradition is very popular in the Western Hockey League, especially in Portland and Calgary. It is believed to have originated in Kitchener, Ontario at Kitchener Rangers games.
– The Wanna-be Sports Guy