The Teddy Bear Toss is one in every of hockey’s most joyous vacation traditions, as followers hurl 1000’s of stuffed animals onto the ice the place they’re collected for charity.
The set off for this second is when the house crew scores its first purpose of the sport, which it appeared the Sheffield Steelers of the U.Ok.’s Elite Ice Hockey League had carried out on Saturday evening towards the Coventry Blaze.
One downside: The puck by no means crossed the purpose line, thanks to an unimaginable stick save by Coventry goalie Miroslav Kopriva, who stored the puck out of the web along with his paddle.
The followers noticed Steelers ahead Jonas Westerling celebrating what he thought was his purpose, earlier than seeing the referee waiving his arms to sign that it hadn’t gone in.
Nevertheless it was too late: They began tossing their teddy bears over the glass and onto the ice in celebration of a no-goal.
“Maintain these bears!” bellowed the Steelers’ play-by-play announcer. “It is the situation you worry!”
However the bears weren’t held. The followers continued with the teddy bear toss anyway, even after it was apparent Sheffield hadn’t scored, throwing them onto the ice in an eerily quiet area.
Maybe it was higher this manner, contemplating the Blaze would not permit a purpose to the Steelers all evening in a 2-Zero shutout win. Within the course of, Kopriva entered his title within the pantheon of Grinches which have shut out the house crew on Teddy Bear Toss nights.