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Rochester Grizzlies donate hundreds of teddy bears

Added on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you’ve ever played organized hockey, you know the rush of scoring a goal: the crowd cheers, your teammates slap your shoulder pads, and you revel in the pandemonium.

Now imagine that same scene, but with teddy bears all over the ice rink.

That’s what happened Friday, Dec. 7 during a Rochester Grizzlies hockey game (purchase game tickets). The team chose to show its support for the community by hosting a Teddy Bear Toss, which have become a popular Christmas season promotion in hockey leagues across the country and around the world. The toss resulted in 406 stuffed animals tossed onto the ice and donated to the Rochester Salvation Army’s Toy & Joy Shop.

“It’s an experience you can’t really put into words, when you see hundreds of teddy bears coming flying after you score,” said Joey Fodstad, who scored the teddy bear goal at Friday’s game. “It’s a special moment and something I won’t forget.”

Matt Winthrop, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Grizzlies, says the team is determined to give back and to get involved in the Rochester community.

“This was a great way for us to continue our involvement with the Rochester community and for a great cause,” Winthrop said. “With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to think of those who might be less fortunate and that’s where The Salvation Army is so important. We were happy to be working with them.”

The Toy & Joy Shop is scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20. With questions about how to donate Christmas gifts, or to sign up to volunteer, please call 507-288-3663.