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Fans toss 20,662 teddy bears onto the ice at Pennsylvania hockey game

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Ben Hooper
Teddy bears rain onto the ice during a Pennsylvania hockey team's teddy bear toss event. Screenshot: TheHersheyBears/YouTube
Teddy bears rain onto the ice during a Pennsylvania hockey team's "teddy bear toss" event. Screenshot: TheHersheyBears/YouTube

HERSHEY, Pa., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania hockey team's "teddy bear toss" event resulted in a record 20,662 stuffed bears being thrown onto the ice to celebrate a goal.

The event, one of several held by AHL teams to collect bears for children in need, featured 20,662 teddy bears being thrown onto the ice Sunday at Giant Center to celebrate the Hershey Bears' first goal of the game against the Syracuse Crunch.

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A video of the bear toss shows one giant teddy bear required help from multiple audience members to make it over the glass and onto the ice.

The AHL said the bear total was a new franchise record, beating the 18,115 collected during last year's teddy bear toss.

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