STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat collected and donated 5,050 stuffed animals from the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game on January 18 against the Colorado Eagles.
This year’s goal was scored by Austin Czarnik, who tapped in a feed from Corey Schueneman 12:55 into the first period. All of the stuffed animals were collected, counted and donated to the United Way of San Joaquin County and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton.
Austin Czarnik ➡️ 🥅 = 🐻🐻 pic.twitter.com/hbIXp7uVvT
— Stockton Heat (@AHLHeat) January 19, 2020
“United Way of San Joaquin County is so proud to be partners with the Stockton Heat hockey team in bringing smiles to young people in our community,” said Kristen Spracher-Britwhistle of The United Way. “The Teddy Bear Toss is an unforgettable night and it was great to see thousands of fans come out in force to bring happiness to the little ones in our community during their time of need.”
The 5,050 bears collected brings the Heat’s all-time total to 37,682 bears in five seasons and ups the 15-year sum of hockey in Stockton to 83,021 stuffed animals.
“It is so great to have the players here,” said Lindsey Bureaux of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital. “For some of our patients they have been here for days on end and it is a really nice break in their day, and there is normally some funny stories and laughter that is shared. It is a great extension of our partnership through Stick It to Cancer and through Teddy Bear Toss. We are so grateful to be able to collaborate with the Heat in another way.”
The game also brought a season-best crowd of 5,543 to Stockton Arena.
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