ROCKFORD — The Rockford IceHogs collected more than 1,690 stuffed toys and more than seven full bins of winter clothing donations last Saturday during the team’s drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss at BMO Harris Bank Center.
Hundreds of fans rolled through the BMO throughout the morning to “toss” their stuffed animals and donations from their vehicles and were greeted by Hammy, the team mascot, Chicago Blackhawks Vice President, Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates Mark Bernard, IceHogs coach Derek King, IceHogs Director of Business Operations Mike Peck and team staff.
Like many traditional Teddy Bear Tosses from seasons past, Bernard and his wife Julie donated stuffed animals through the “Bernie’s Bears” promotion and Bernard’s donation was matched by a contribution from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. All stuffed animals will support local charities.
All clothing donations benefit Miss Carly’s Place in Rockford, a local nonprofit supporting individuals and families in need in the Rockford community.
Since the team’s inception, the IceHogs have generated over 44,000 stuffed animals through the event, all of which are donated to local organizations.
The American Hockey is set to begin the 2021 season in February. A game schedule has not been released.