Teddy Bear Toss Night at Xtream Arena
Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders and the Kalamazoo Wings complete a three-game series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on Teddy Bear Toss night, presented by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic.Iowa is 1-1-0-0 through the first two games of the week against Kalamazoo and dropped 4-1 Friday at Xtream Arena. Zach White scored Iowa’s only goal in the third frame.The Heartlanders and K-Wings have played five times already this season and Iowa is 1-2-1-1. The Wings and Fuel are Iowa’s most-common opponents this regular season (11 games vs. each).Saturday is Iowa’s final home game of the month; the team plays four straight at Kansas City before returning to Xtream Arena Jan. 4. Iowa’s next games are at Kansas City on Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 7:05 p.m.Promotion: Teddy Bear Toss Presented by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic. Bring your Teddy Bears to throw on the ice! After the Heartlanders score their first goal, throw bears & they'll be donated to Toys for Tots for families in need. Wear your Ugly Sweater for chance to win in-game activations & special prizes. Fanbango Giveaway for all fans (Steindler Orthopedic Clinic).Broadcast Coverage: Watch online at flohockey.tv. Listen on mixlr.com/goheartlanders. TV Broadcast on Mediacom MC22 (Channel 22, 722 and 822 for Mediacom subscribers).Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Kalamazoo Wings (Columbus Blue Jackets/Cleveland Monsters)Teddy Bear Toss Tradition The Teddy Bear Toss is a popular promotion in minor league and junior hockey in which fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to a game and throw them on the ice after the home team scores its first goal. All bears thrown on the ice for the Heartlanders Teddy Toss will be donated to Toys For Tots for those in need this holiday season.Cole Stallard scored the first-ever Heartlanders Teddy Bear Toss goal last December vs. Toledo in an eventual shootout victory against the conference champions. Joe Widmar scored the shootout winner for the team’s first-ever victory against the Walleye.The first ever Teddy Bear Toss originated in 1993 with the Kamloops Blazers (WHL); future NHL defenseman Brad Lukowich scored and fans threw more than 2,400 bears on the ice.The record for most Bears thrown on the ice is held, coincidentally, by the Hershey Bears (AHL). In January 2022, fans tossed more than 52,341 bears on to the ice and the game was delayed by more than 40 minutes while cleaning up the Bears.Big Game, TV Game Saturday’s Teddy Bear Toss game will be broadcasted on Mediacom Channel 22. It’s the third “Big Game, TV Game” of the season; Iowa won the last Nov. 26 against Cincinnati with an overtime goal from Brendan Robbins.The Heartlanders and MC22 (locally channel 22, 722 and 822 for Mediacom television subscribers) will broadcast seven games on the channel this season. Find the full schedule at IowaHeartlanders.com.End of another series The Heartlanders and Wings prepare for a Saturday rematch, the third of three straight between the teams.Iowa has grown used to playing teams consecutively after an early-season variety of opponents.Outside of opening weekend, Iowa did not face the same team in back-to-back games from Oct. 28 – Nov. 26. Next, the Heartlanders played Cincinnati twice, Kansas City once, Trois-Rivieres twice and Newfoundland in three straight games.The next time Iowa plays an opponent for a standalone game will be in February. All other games are part of at least a back-to-back or extended series, which includes four straight against Kansas City starting next week and the following four against Indy to open up the 2023 calendar year.Upcoming home games and ticket informationView the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. The Heartlanders are next at home to face the Indy Fuel in a three-game series beginning Wednesday, January 4 at 7:05 p.m. The second game of the three-game set is Friday, January 6 at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, January 7 at 7:05 p.m., the Heartlanders are embracing camo, hunting & the outdoors on Mossy Oak Night, featuring the first-ever bobblehead giveaway (first 500 fans) and special Mossy Oak jerseys, pres. by DASH Auctions. Wear camo for chance to win in-game prizes and call the Iowa Heartlanders ticket off for a special Camo Hat Ticket Package at 319-569-goal .Single-game tickets, group ticket options, partial plans and season ticket memberships are available for Heartlanders home games at Xtream Arena. Call 319-569-goal or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information.