By The Bakersfield Californian
Here’s a tip of the cap the to generosity of Condors fans and all the people who worked to make the annual Teddy Bear Toss game last Saturday night another rousing success (at least when it comes to tossing suffered animals).
The on-ice outcome, a 7-3 loss to Ontario, soured the mood later, but 1:13 into the game it was jubilization as Evan Trupp scored his first goal of the season — the fastest ever in the 14-year history of the event — to start the fur flying.
Stuffed animals began to fly from every area of Rabobank Arena, packed with 8,388 fans, as soon as the puck went into the net and it took several minutes for the deluge to subside.
The final c
ount for stuffed animals, completed Monday, came to 7,643. That’s about 400 fewer than the record which gives the team, and fans, something to shoot for next year. Also, the count could increase by eight as there are four stuffed animals still hanging in the protective netting at each end of the ice. Guess they are waiting to see the Alaska Aces and their bevy of NHL players on Friday night.
Anyway, the Teddy Bear Toss game is the feel-good game of the year, no matter the outcome, and that was the case again this year.
Fans have now tossed more than 80,000 stuffed animals onto the ice over the years. A remarkable stat.
And a wonderful thing for the various charities which receive the gifts of love.