Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Annual Teddy Bear Toss

Written by: Rory McGouran

Hockey, and Broncos, and Bears, oh my!.

The Humboldt Broncos will be hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss and Ugly Christmas Sweater Night when they host the Melville Millionaires on Saturday, December 14th.

The EPA will be home to fans, Broncos, and hopefully, a sleuth of bears. The traditional down pouring of cozy cubs on to the ice surface will take place when the Broncos score their first goal of the game. All the teddys will be donated to the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (HDHF)

“The teddy bears that get collected that night go straight back to the hospital. We then sort them out and they are ready Monday morning for staff to distribute between the emergency department, inpatients, and the O.R.,” said Executive Director of the HDHF, Lorrie Bunko.

The teddy bears go a long way for the kids at the hospital to help with anxiety, companionship, comfort, and security when going through what may be a scary process for a young child.

“The kids that come through those areas, to be able to give them a teddy bear really, really, does help. They really do appreciate them, and it makes such a huge impact and benefit to the health care system.”

It not just the kids that benefit from the donations of teddy bears. The bears that may be too big, or contain glass eyes, are given to home care and brought to elderly citizens in need of some holiday love.

The Humboldt Broncos, HDHF, and the community of Humboldt would love to see everyone’s support for the individuals in need by bringing a teddy bear to the December 14th game, and when the Broncos score, let them soar!