Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss Breaks World Record

Leah Koppenhaver, Head News Editor

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On Sunday, December 1, The Hershey Bears set a new world record during their annual Teddy Bear Toss collecting 45,650 stuffed animals. 

After a first period goal by Christian Djoos, the fans immediately began tossing bears onto the ice.  

According to Penn Live, the teddy bears are donated to over 40 local charities, as well as other organizations including Milton Hershey School and The Children’s Miracle Network. Community Aid also donated 25 cents per bear, and Jeff Sweigart, a club seat holder donated $1 per animal to the Children’s Miracle Network. 

The 2018 toss held the previous record, collecting 34,798 teddy bears, and 25,017 were collected in 2017. 

The first Teddy Bear Toss was held in 1993 in British Columbia and has since become a holiday tradition across the world, according to The Hockey Writers

The Hershey Bears won the game in overtime, defeating the Hartford Wolfpack in overtime, 4-3. 

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