Hershey Bears Broadcaster: "It's Raining Stuffed Animals"

Hershey fans set a record in the Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 05, 2019 - 9:11 am

The Hershey Bears – the Washington Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate – set a celebration record Sunday, as fans participated in the Teddy Bear Toss and threw 45,650 stuffed bears on the ice after a first-period goal. All the bears were – or will be – donated to children.

“Most of them have been distributed to different organizations, schools and charities,” Bears broadcaster Zack Fisch said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We have over 40 of them that benefit here, but right after the game on Sunday, we have several semi trucks that are attached right out of the loading dock of our arena, and they go right into those semi trucks. We have people that sign up for donations and they’re picking them up. So most of them are in the hands of kids by this point, and we’ll continue to drop off to various schools and charities all throughout the week to bring smiles to the Central Pennsylvania community. They’re in our building, they’re on the ice, and then they’re in the hands of kids all within the week.”

The Bears broke their previous record of 34,798, which was set last year. Hershey fans threw the stuffed animals on the ice following Christian Djoos’ goal against Hartford. The Bears won, 4-3, in overtime.

“It’s raining stuffed animals,” Fisch said of the scene. "I have the bird’s-eye view being up top, and it does look like a rainstorm hits for about 10 minutes. In hockey, they have the safety nets that are behind the goals, so anyone that’s sitting behind the goals, they’re throwing their teddy bears into other sections, it becomes this unity thing where fans are helping other fans get their bears onto the ice – it really is a sight to be seen. The video is very cool, it’s gotten a ton of national attention, it’s been in countries that I never even knew would cover the Teddy Bear Toss – it’s just this immaculate sight, and it’s just a really cool thing.”

Click below to listen to Fisch’s interview in its entirety.