(WHTM) – Hershey, Penn. always finds a way to outdo themselves.
Whether it be on the ice or in the community – the Hershey Bears and their fans found a way to do both on Saturday night in the 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss at the local arena known as Giant Center.
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby did the honors just six minutes into the Bears game vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Immediately, a sea of furry friends filled the Giant Center ice in a scene you had to see to believe.
All in all – 52,341 stuffed animals were donated to 25 local organizations across the lower Susquehanna Valley including Dauphin County Children and Youth, Cocoa Packs, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, Palmyra Lions Club, Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area, and Children’s Miracle Network Hershey.
A sell-out crowd of 10,514 people created an average of nearly five bears tossed per person.
Jonsson-Fjallby wasn’t done providing joy on this night as he earned a hat trick with three goals and the Bears went on to cruise in what can only be described as a picture-perfect night from Hershey.
In 2019, the Hershey Bears set the world record of over 45,000 teddy bears tossed at a hockey game.
This year’s event broke that record by more than 7,000 additional teddy bears.