Ready, set, toss your bears

thomas perryBy Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)

TIMMINS – Traditionally, throwing objects onto the ice surface during a hockey game is frowned upon, but fans will actually be encouraged to do just that — as long as those objects are teddy bears and other stuffed animals — Saturday night at the McIntyre Arena.

The Rock are holding their annual Teddy Bear Toss night, with fans encouraged to bring stuffed animals to toss onto the ice surface after Timmins scores its first goal against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

Fans who forget will have an opportunity to purchase a Timmins Rock bear for $10, either to toss onto the ice or to bring home as keepsake.

“We are going to have 500 bears available for sale, and fans can purchase them by visiting the main foyer,” said Jason Kelly, a member of the Rock board of directors.

“A lot of people forget and when they get to the arena they don’t have a bear with them. With the Rock logos on the bears, they could be Christmas gifts, as well.”

Some of the bears will also be available at Northern Sports Friday night.

A number of Rock players will be at the store from 6-8 p.m. to sign autographs for fans.

As with last year’s Teddy Bear Toss, all stuffed animals collected will be taken to North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services which in turn will deliver them to local youngsters in need of a little Christmas cheer.