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Calgary Hitmen fans threw more than 25,000 teddy bears on the ice Sunday

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Calgary's Radel Fazleev (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Calgary Hitmen fans threw more than 25,000 teddy bears on the ice Sunday

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The 20th edition of the annual charity event saw a whole bunch of fur flying onto the ice for a good cause as the home Hitmen dusted Moose Jaw 8-3. Radel Fazleev gave the fans a reason to launch their bears less than two minutes in.

It's an annual tradition that brings out the best in hockey fans and they're particularly good at it in Calgary. The Western League's Hitmen held their 20th teddy bear toss on Sunday and the result was 25,214 stuffed animals being launched onto the ice, all of which were to be donated to charity. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Radel Fazleev scored 98 seconds into the game to begin the barrage; here's the aftermath:

Not only were there a lot of bears at the rink for the game, but there was also a great crowd. More than 17,500 fans took in the contest, which ended in an 8-3 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.

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Calgary Hitmen fans threw more than 25,000 teddy bears on the ice Sunday