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| p.1 #1 · Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss |
Still no NHL to speak of, but the WHL knows how to give fans a good time.
These are from the Calgary Hitmen's 18th annual Teddy Bear Toss, where fans are encouraged to donate teddy bears to a variety of local charities by hurling them onto the ice immediately after the home team scores its first goal. Nearly 22,000 plush animals came raining down this year.
Wasn't quite sure where to post this -- sports, people, or photojournalism -- but I went with sports. Would appreciate feedback from sports shooters on handling crowd / pseudo-jube shots in situations like this:
The Hitmen celebrate their initial goal. Note the flung bear already entering the frame:
And now the floodgates are open:
Fans of all ages got into the fun:
But the youngest fans seemed to have the most fun:
Hitmen defencemen Kenton Helgesen and team captain Cody Sylvester get buried in an avalanche of bears. (And a lone Dora the Explorer):
After all the fun, it's time to clean up, which still looks like a lot of fun:
The bears (and an Angry Bird or two) were hauled away by several pickup trucks:
Pavlo Padakin, who scored the goal that triggered the avalanche, salutes the crowd: