Flyers Teddy Bear Toss – by C. Scott Holland

It’s one of the longest running events in GOJHL and West Conference history and the Leamington Flyers hope that every fan who attends the Thursday, Dec. 3 home game against the London Nationals, will bring a stuffed animal or teddy bear.

The local Toys For Tots program in Leamington has been on-going for about 20 years and every year the Leamington Flyers organization helps spread Christmas cheer to needy families via this event.

When the Flyers score their first goal of the game all fans are asked to toss a stuffed animal onto the ice. In recent years it has garnered between 400-500 stuffed animals.

The long-running tradition in Leamington is made possible thanks to the large Olympic-sized rink which has netting only behind the actual goal nets. Many of today’s rinks have gone to netting completely around the rinks to protect fans from injuries.

Local firefighter Lorne Bradt began the program 24 years ago and with the help of many volunteers and community-minded organizations and the general public they have helped make the Christmas mornings of many area children much brighter.

The Leamington Flyers and their fans are proud to have been associated with this program for so long and anyone who wishes more information on it can go t0

All donations on game night or any other time are greatly appreciated.

Photos: Leamington Flyers help load the stuffed animals for the Toys For Tots program (both photos courtesy of C. Scott Holland)

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