For many junior teams, the Teddy Bear Toss game is an annual tradition — when the first home goal is scored, throw a teddy bear on the ice, and they are donated. The Junior C’s aren’t any different, with the teddy bears going to the Dawson Creek and District Hospital for hospitalized children.
This year, the date falls on Friday’s game versus the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.
“It’s fun, you’re just pushing to score that goal so they can throw all those bears on the ice and the kids get them,” says GM Colby Wagar. “We try to do as much as we can for our community because they support us so well. The more we can do for them and give back, the better it is for everybody.”
Bears aren’t the only thing the team is looking to donate — a new pair of childrens’ pyjamas gets you free admission, and a non-perishable food item gets you a free program.
As for the on-ice game itself, it could be a tough one. While the County of JDA Kings started the season at the bottom of the standings, they’ve gone 6-1 since beating the Canucks 4-3 on November 17, and are now within striking distance of fourth place.
While the C’s trounced them 11-1 and 5-2 in October, the Kings won twice since with a combined score of 10-6.
Last year for the Canucks, Kole Comin had the Teddy Bear Toss goal against the Beaverlodge Blades.
While we’re not betting, a good guess for the player to ignite the sea of teddy bears is new teammate Peter Davis, who has two goals this season — both against the Kings. (One came while playing for Sexsmith, the other came in his first game with the Canucks).
Puck drop is 8 pm.