When Petes forward Zach Gallant scored a powerplay goal with 3:21 to play in the first period against the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday night, Petes fans showed their generosity in the 21st annual Petes Teddy Bear Toss.
Gallant and his teammates celebrated as fans covered the ice surface with donations including 1,525 stuffed toys, 38 pairs of mittens, 31 toques, 7 pairs of socks, 3 scarfs, and donations totaling $595.55.
The Minor Peewee AAA Petes collected the donations with assistance from Petes game operations staff and several other volunteers. While the Petes got back to work on the ice against the 67’s, volunteers from Winslow-Gerolamy Motors Limited transported the donations, which will be included in the County 105/Energy 99.7 Miracle Toy Drive in support of the Salvation Army.
Next Thursday, December 15, the Petes take on the London Knights in the first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater game in support of Operation Christmas Child. Fundraising game-worn sweaters will be available, and one of the first 2,500 fans in the building will win a snowmobile valued at $9000. Tickets are available here, check out the brand new Petes Holiday Pack, and be sure to download the new Petes Mobile App for Android or iPhone for the latest news, contests, info, and the Petes Loyalty Rewards Program.