PAYING IT FORWARD – Teddy Bear Toss
By Sarah Roetcisoender – Silvertips Staff Writer
Hockey fans are the best fans, and this week we saw another perfect example of that.
Season ticket holder Elizabeth Meagley visited Fred Meyer this week with her 6-year-old daughter, Gracie.
As they shopped and discussed the Teddy Bear Toss coming up this week on Dec. 2 against the Saskatoon Blades, they met a couple of strangers – eventually learning they were hockey fans – who showcased amazing generosity.
As they shopped, Gracie told her mom all kinds of stories, and explained to her why they would need to buy multiple bears.
“Gracie was telling me she needed a bear for herself – and one for the teddy bear toss,” Elizabeth said. “[Then] a couple overheard us talking about the game. The husband pointed to his wife and said ‘big hockey fan right here.’ They were new in town and so excited to hear that we have a team!”
Elizabeth and Gracie told the couple all about the Silvertips and invited them to a game.
After talking about hockey for a few minutes, they parted ways to make their purchases.
Elizabeth and Gracie finished their shopping and checked out. When they passed through, on the other side of the checkout counter was a greeting by the same couple once again.
This time, the couple was holding a giant teddy bear.
“Gracie just kept saying ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’ – she was so excited,” said Elizabeth. “The husband told her to throw the bear really far. She was so happy.”
Elizabeth shared along with photos of Gracie hugging the bear in the store and not even coming close to letting go in the car, on the way home.
“It makes me cry, it was just such a cool thing. Other people in line were even excited too for Gracie.”
“This is what the Silvertips community is all about,” said Elizabeth, a long time Tips fan. “We love our hockey town and how it brings us together. I’ve met so many friends over the years because of the Silvertips.”
So, it brings excitement to see Gracie and her bear at the game on Dec 2.
When the Tips face the Saskatoon Blades at 7:05pm, the clock will be ticking before it’s goal-and-throw time, where all stuffed animals will be donated to Christmas House and the Warm 106.9 Teddy Bear Patrol.
Fans are reminded to bring each stuffed animal wrapped in a plastic bag, or visit individual wrapping stations throughout the concourse of XFINITY Arena (so the fur won’t stick on the ice, and leave players prone to injury).
Tickets for the game are still on sale.