A teddy bear throw at a Pennsylvania minor league hockey game reportedly set a new world record.
When the Hershey Bears scored their first goal on Saturday night, fans were encouraged to throw all the stuffed animals they brought to the game onto the ice.
According to team officials, 52,341 stuffed animals were collected and donated to various organizations. This year’s draw surpassed the 2019 Hershey Bear event total of 45,650, which was the previous world record.
Last year, due to the pandemic, the team collected the stuffed animals at a drive-in fundraiser rather than at a game. In total, the club has collected approximately 322,199 plush toys since 2001.
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The team, which is affiliated with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, also got a big cash donation on Saturday night.
Bears fan Jeff Sweigart said if the record was broken he would donate $50,000.
This money will go to the Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.
After the coin toss, the Bears defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-0.
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