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Pa. hockey team pelted by more than 45000 stuffed animals

04 December 2019

Fans of the Washington Capitals American Hockey League affiliate tossed more than 45,000 stuffed bears onto the ice after Christian Djoos' first-period goal against Hartford.

It took eight minutes for the bears to score, and that was the cue to commence the mayhem. Toys quickly outnumbered men on the ice in piles that grew feet high. The town is also home to the namesake chocolate company.

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Players nearly immediately took to the ice and joined in on the fun of getting pelted by toys.

The toys will be split among 40 central Pennsylvania charities, the team said.

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The stuffed animals from the * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/212958" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *annual "bear toss" are donated to local schools, food banks and other groups ahead of Christmas. CommunityAid will donate 25 cents per stuffed animal to the Children's Miracle Network.

And it looks like the brief interruption to Sunday night's game helped the team out.

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Pa. hockey team pelted by more than 45000 stuffed animals