MINOT, N.D. - The Minot Minotaros will be hosting their 9th annual Teddy Bear Toss event at the Maysa Arena on Saturday night.
Hockey teams around the world host teddy bear tosses each year. Spectators toss teddy bears on the rink, which are gathered by players and staff for those in need. The Tauros carry on this tradition in the Magic City.
“Whenever the Tauros score their first goal, fans are encouraged to throw teddy bears out on the ice that will be donated. They're encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears. We had 858 last year and we're trying to beat that number this year,” said Peter Theodos, Maysa Arena game operations manager.
Bears collected will go to the Minot Police Department where they are kept in deputy vehicles, and to Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center. These stuffed animals can mean the world for children whose families are in crisis.
“Anyone that stays in shelter comes in, and they get their belongings for their room. There's a quilt that they get to keep, they get their pillow and then they all get a bear and that can make such a difference to people," said Jill McDonald, DVCC executive director.
If you would like to support families in need, you can bring a teddy bear to toss on the ice at this Saturday's game.