The Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League are going full bore — or ought to we are saying full bear — with their newest Teddy Bear Toss uniforms.
On Monday, November 27, the Oil Kings unveiled the outfits they’ll put on for the 2023 version of their annual Teddy Bear Toss recreation on Friday, December 1. The jerseys, socks and even the pant shells are coated in a sublimated print that includes stuffed animals of all shapes, sizes and colours. Just a few of the teddy bears are sporting crowns, whereas others appear to be the Oil Kings’ mascot, Louie the Lion.
The pants prominently characteristic a purple foam finger on the entrance of the left leg. There’s even a teddy bear face within the insert on the entrance of the black V-neck collar.
The uniforms will likely be paired with the Oil Kings’ blue helmets and gloves. The WHL emblem sits on the fitting chest, whereas producer CCM’s emblem seems in a black field on the left chest. The brand of sponsor The Brick, a sequence of furnishings shops, seems on the fitting shoulder, whereas a particular The Brick Teddy Bear Toss emblem seems on the left.
Numbers on the sleeves and again are blue with white outlines. Names on the again are blue on a white nameplate.
“The Brick’s Teddy Bear Toss is THE signature recreation of the season for the Edmonton Oil Kings,” mentioned Kevin Radomski, the Oil Kings’ director of enterprise operations, on the team’s website. “This recreation embodies a mixture of household enjoyable and thrilling hockey motion all whereas supporting our neighborhood and people in want of just a little assist throughout the vacation season.”
Teddy Bear Toss video games are a staple of junior hockey throughout Canada heading into the Christmas season. When the house workforce scores their first purpose of the sport, followers are inspired throw teddy bears onto the ice, the place they’re collected and donated to much less lucky youngsters by way of native charities.
The Oil Kings held their first Teddy Bear Toss recreation on January 20, 2008. Since then, followers have donated 146,930 stuffed animals and greater than $187,000 to Santas Anonymous, an area Christmas kids’s charity. The file variety of bears donated got here in 2019-20 with 16,491.
Recreation-worn Teddy Bear Toss jerseys can even be both auctioned or raffled off, with proceeds benefitting Santas Nameless.
The Oil Kings’ 2023 Teddy Bear Toss takes place on Friday, December 1, after they host the Everett Silvertips at Rogers Place.