Steelheads Set to Host 9th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game Presented By Canadian Tire

Mississauga Steelheads will once again partner with Canadian Tire in support of Jumpstart Charities and Boys and Girls Club of Peel.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads are set to host their 9th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Sunday December 12th at 2 pm, when the Kingston Frontenacs visit the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Once again, this year’s Teddy Bear Toss is presented by Canadian Tire and will be supporting Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

In the 2019-20 season Steelheads fans showed their generosity, donating over $2,000 to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Foundation through Teddy Bear sales and launching 2,257 stuffed animals onto the ice after the team’s first goal. Thanks to all the support, over 2,000 kids who otherwise wouldn’t have, received a gift for the holiday season through the Boys and Girls Club of Peel (BGC Peel).

Lori Gagnon, Regional Manager of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities commented on the importance of continuing its partnership with the hockey club. “Jumpstart has a great passion for sport and play.  We believe that all kids of all abilities deserve the opportunity to participate, to help build stronger and healthier communities.  Simply having access to sport and play can open doors to incredible opportunities in a child’s life.

Despite the pandemic, Jumpstart helped more than 235,000 kids in financial need in 2020 and has now reached over 2.4 million children helped since inception in 2005.

Partnering with the Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club is an extension of the work Jumpstart does. The five Canadian Tire locations in Mississauga are passionate about promoting physical activity and making sport accessible to all Canadian families and that is what this event is about.”

Michael J Gyovai, Executive Director for the BGC Peel also commented on this events impact on their organization. “Our partnership with the Mississauga Steelheads, Canadian Tire and the City of Mississauga is essential and critical to the long-term growth and development of our children, youth and family programs and services across the City and Region. It is because of local partnerships, like with the Steelheads, we are able to continue providing opportunities for our members, allowing them to thrive, in school and society. Our families come from all walks of life, some are seen as at-risk children, youth and families from low-income communities but in the end, EVERYONE can benefit from the services and programs we offer. Since 1983 we have been providing a safe place for these individuals to participate in impactful, fun activities that support the development of confidence, learning and positive relationships.”

The Mississauga Steelheads, Canadian Tire and the BGC Peel encourage all fans attending the game to bring a stuffed toy. As is tradition, when the Steelheads score their first goal of the game, fans can throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. Listed below is a brief history of Steelheads players that scored the first goal:

Year Player Period Time Opponent Final Score
2019 Keean Washkruak 1st 10:10 SOO 6-3 (L)
2018 Ryan Mcleod 1st 2:12 SAG 5-3 (L)
2017 Trent Fox 1st 4:08 SBY 7-2 (W)
2016 Spencer Watson 1st 1:03 OTT 4-3 (OTL)
2015 Nathan Bastian 1st 17:39 BAR 6-3 (W)
2014 Lucas Venuto 2nd 18:17 BAR 6-1 (L)
2013 Dylan Smoskowitz 1st 14:21 BAR 3-2 (W)
2012 Riley Brace 2nd 14:12 LDN 4-3 (SOL)

As part of the game day on Sunday afternoon, Canadian Tire will be set up on the concourse selling teddy bears for fans to toss on the ice with all proceeds going back to the BGC Peel. Additionally, the Family Pack is available for purchase with four tickets, four drinks and four bags of popcorn for an unbeatable price of $67. Click the link here and use the promo code: FAMILY.

Fans will also have the opportunity to skate on the ice following the game. For those interested, please leave your skates in the car until after the game and re-enter through Gate 2.

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