Hershey Bears crowd breaks Teddy Bear Toss world record

Thomas Williams
Hockey writer
45,650 stuffed animals were thrown over the boards at the Hershey Bears' Giant Center. (Twitter/@NHL)

A barrage of stuffed bears was thrown over the boards on Sunday night during the Hershey Bears’ annual Teddy Bear Toss game, and a world record was broken in the process.

A total of 45,650 plush animals rained down onto the ice after Bears defenceman Christian Djoos scored the overtime winner against the Hartford Wolfpack.

The Stanley Cup champion was sent down to the AHL earlier that day by the Washington Capitals, just in time to contribute to the 4-3 win.

The world record was previously set by the Bears last year — flinging 34,798 stuffed animals to the ice — but the Giant Center crowd surely wanted to outdo itself this year.

Players almost immediately took to the ice and joined in on the fun of getting pelted by toys.

Caps prospect Alex Alexeyev even decided to take a leap into a growing pile of the stuffed animals.

Even if it was hard for the 20-year-old defenceman to get back to his feet, he clearly still enjoyed it.

The Bears will be handing out the donated teddy bears to local charities and non-profit organizations ahead of the holiday season.

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