The Abbotsford Heat's annual teddy bear toss game will be on Dec. 6.

The Abbotsford Heat's annual teddy bear toss game will be on Dec. 6.

Heat announce home opener date

The Abbotsford Heat announced Monday that their 2013-14 home opener will be Friday, Oct. 11, and that their teddy bear toss will be Dec. 6

The 2013-14 American Hockey League schedule is starting to take shape, and the Abbotsford Heat announced Monday that their home opener will be on Friday, Oct. 11.

Who the opponent will be hasn’t been decided yet – the complete AHL schedule will be released later this summer.

The Heat also announced five other home-ice dates that have been settled on already: Oct. 12, and Dec. 6, 7, 11 and 12. The Dec. 6 contest will be the annual teddy bear toss game, where fans can donate stuffed animals to needy youth via the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau by throwing them on the ice after the home team’s first goal.