Well Thanks Kingston Frontenacs, You’ve Just Ruined The Teddy Bear Toss
Of all of sports' great holiday traditions -- like ugly NBA Christmas sweaters, athletes helping the homeless, the Denver Nuggets being eliminated from the playoffs -- this has to be at or near the top. In minor league hockey they have a thing called The Teddy Bear Toss. When the home team scores its first goal, the crowd rains teddy bears onto the ice -- which were brought to the arena by fans as donations for kids at the holiday season.
But there were no warm and fuzzy feelings at Kingston, Ontario on Monday as a no-goal made a mockery of the OHL team's Teddy Bear tradition. It appeared that the Frontenacs' Warren Foegele had scored past Guelph Storm goalie Justin Nichols in the first period, triggering the goal light and cuing the fans to launch their bears. But the refs called it off, and the review showed that Nichols had made a great save.
Of course the bears all got up and trudged back into the stands.
There was also a moment of confusion when, one period later, someone threw Teddy Bridgewater onto the ice.
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