The Abbotsford Pilots host the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Nov. 22. (Submitted)

The Abbotsford Pilots host the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Nov. 22. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Pilots Teddy Bear Toss set for Nov. 22

20th annual event will see stuffed animals donated to Salvation Army and Abbotsford Hospice Society

Abbotsford Pilots fans once again have the opportunity to celebrate a goal in a unique way later this month.

The club announced the return of the popular Teddy Bear Toss Night, which this year occurs on Nov. 22 at MSA Arena.

It’s the 20th consecutive year that the Pilots have hosted the event. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to throw on the ice after the Pilots score their first goal of the game. All stuffed animal donations will be split between the Salvation Army and the Abbotsford Hospice Society and distributed to local children in the Fraser Valley. Additionally, donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the door, and a 50/50 draw will be held throughout the night to benefit the hospice society.

“For the 20 years that we have done this, the community support has been amazing with the number of bear and food donations, and the money that has been raised to support the Salvation Army,” stated Pilots owner and general manager Jack Goeson.“This year, we are also able to incorporate the Abbotsford Hospice Society. I’m continually amazed at the support people give every year. It is very gratifying.”

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes a performance by the Salvation Army’s Cascade Christmas Brass. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.