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Ice Caps deliver teddy bears and smiles to kids in HV-GB, SSS

The kids were excited to see Buddy the Puffin on Dec. 23, were all excited to get their new teddy bears.

The Salvation Army church was filled with excitement on Dec. 23, when dozens of kids came out to meet the St. John’s Ice Caps official mascot Buddy the Puffin.

But Buddy wasn’t the only cuddly creature around, as he was there with some special friends — namely, boxes and boxes of brand-new teddy bears.

Trevor Murphy, Director of Community Partnerships with the Ice Caps, in partnership with Provincial Airlines/Innu Mikun and the Salvation Army, was in the Upper Lake Melville area to hand our new teddy bears of all shapes and sizes to kids in Happy Valley- Goose Bay and Sheshatshiu.

“The toys were collected through our annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss,’” explained Murphy.

“We pick a date close to Christmas and have fans bring teddy bears to an Ice Cap game. At the second intermission, we have them throw the bears on the ice. It was raining teddy bears at Mile One stadium for about 10 minutes on Dec. 6th!”

Murphy noted over 3,000 teddy bears were collected from the Teddy Bear Toss for distribution around the province, with over 500 making their way to Labrador.

Murphy noted the Teddy Bear Toss has been on-going for approximately 17 years, a program which started with the former St. John’s Maple Leafs, then the Fog Devil’s and ultimately, the Ice Caps.

“Teddy bears have always made their way to Labrador through this program, but this is the first time Ice Caps officials have come to Labrador to personally deliver the teddy bears,” noted Murphy, adding they would also be popping into different businesses around Goose Bay with teddy bears before heading to Sheshatshiu.

“Hopefully, this won’t be the last time we come here.”

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