ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades announced that they will hold their annual holiday “Teddy Bear Toss” presented by the Bear Mill on Saturday when they host the Texas Wildcatters.
The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League and the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.
The Everblades encourage fans to bring an unwrapped stuff toy with them to the game to toss onto the ice after the Everblades score their first goal.
The stuffed toys will be gathered and donated to several youth organizations including Toys for Tots, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department Youth Programs and Barbara’s Friends.
The Everblades collected more than 3,000 stuffed toys last year and again will have players hand delivering a portion of the toys to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.