The Kitchener Rangers will be hosting their 27th annual Teddy Bear Toss next week.
It will happen at Tuesday's home game versus Guelph. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. You also listen for all the action on CityNews 570.
Fans will toss the bears on the ice following the Rangers' first goal.
Dominic Hennig the Senior Director of Communications for the Kitchener Rangers spoke with CityNews 570 and explained just how popular the yearly tradition is.
"This is one of the most successful Rangers games of the year. We average over 6,500 fans and we normally see between 8,000 and 10,000 bears on the ice."
The bears will then be collected and donated to local charities. Those charities are encouraged to sign up here.
Hennig made note of the some of the charities already regisistered to accept donations.
"One of the big ones is Grand River Hospital but, other places include the The House of Friendship Christmas Program, the Optimist Club, Indigenous groups and local schools with kids who might not receive a lot this Christmas."
When it comes to expectations Hennig said he believes Tuesday's game will be as popular as previous years pre-pandemic.
"Were expecting the same turnout as pre-covid, we've already sold 6,000 to 6,500 tickets and we're expecting a huge night."
Hennig noted bears will not be sold at the game this year, but can be purchased at Canadian Tires stores in the area.
Fans have donated over 172,000 teddy bears since the start of the initiative.