Calgarians let fur fly

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The generosity of Calgarians, especially those in the hockey community, continues to grow.

This was evident yesterday as Calgary Hitmen fans tossed a record 15,540 stuffed animals on the ice at the Saddledome during the 12th annual Teddy Bear game.

Upon hearing the sirens of the first Hitmen goal, the announced crowd of 16,380 fired a flurry of furry animals to the ice and, in doing so, broke the Canadian Hockey League record of 14,662.

"I think it's huge for Calgary and for our league that people can open their hearts and throw teddy bears for a good cause," said head coach Kelly Kisio, who watched his team skate to 4-0 win against the Prince George Cougars.

All the toys will be donated to Toy Mountain, Alberta Children's hospital, Book Bags for Kids and Salvation army.

Hitmen forward Ryan White, later named the first star of the game, gave way to the teddy toss as he scored the first Calgary goal with a little more than five minutes remaining in the first.

It took half an hour to clear the bears.


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