12th of December 2019
"Air the Bear" Details for Saturday 14th December V's the ChiefsSaturday 14th December is the date that fans of the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison look forward to when they have their opportunity to “air their bears” in what is a well known event in the world of ice hockey during the Christmas period.
In support and partnership with Naomi House who this weekend are our match night sponsor.
Preparation of Your Bears
Before you arrive at the arena please ensure your bears are:
1. New bears only please – (This is to avoid any cases of infection when these wonderful gifts are donated)
2. Have a CE label on them.
3. Wrap them in plastic or cling film so they don’t cause any issues with the ice.
What is Air The Bear? Air the Bear – also known as the Teddy Bear Toss, is an event where every fan who brings a teddy bear then throws their bear onto the ice following the home sides first goal of the evening.
The current World Record is held by the AHL team Hershey Bears team who in the 2018 season once the first goal was scored saw an amazing 45,650 stuffed toys thrown onto the ice.
When Did the Tradition Begin?
The first Teddy Bear Toss happened on the 5th December 1993 when the WHL team, the Kamloops Blazers introduced the event.
The event was the brainwave of the Blazers the Marketing Director, Don Larson and the scorer of the first ever bear toss goal came from the stick of Brad Lukowich.
We look forward to seeing at Saturday’s game versus the Leeds Chiefs when you get the chance to “Air Your Bear” in conjunction with Naomi House.