It's the always fun Teddy Bear Toss tonight as the Bulldogs (12-17-2-1, 5th Island) host the Trail Smoke Eaters (15-17-0-0, 5th Interior) at the Dog Pound for the second meeting between the teams in just ten days.
The Smokies won the previous contest last Friday in Trail by a score of 1-0 at Cominco Memorial Arena.
The Dogs made their return to home ice Friday night, coming back to beat the West Kelowna Warriors 4-2. The Smoke Eaters kicked off a three game Island Division swing Friday night in Powell River where they won their third in a row, 4-2 over the Kings. After an unexpected Saturday night off they ran their streak to four with a 7-3 win yesterday afternoon over the Capitals in Duncan.
The Teddy Bear Toss is always a fun sight to behold, but it can also have an adverse effect on the game the more minutes that pass without the fur flying, so it's important in my opinion that the Dogs get off to a good start and get it out of the way early!
As fun as it is to watch, the real difference that this night makes happens next week when the Bulldogs get out and about in the community and hand deliver the bears to less fortunate kids and residents of local care homes and patients at West Coast General Hospital.
There are some out there that might see the Toss as a gimmick, or something that has run it's course over the years. In talking with the Bulldogs players and staff who hand deliver them all I have heard is how uplifting of an experience it is for both the guys delivering the bears and the people receiving them, at a time of the year when those with less or having tough times could really use it. So please consider something fuzzy, big or small, as it makes a BIG difference to people.
Here's some sights and sounds from tosses from the past.
Myself, Dan Tisserand and Bruce MacDonald will be in the booth and on your radios and computers and smartphones tonight providing the play-by-play, colour/analysis and team and play statistics on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with the pregame show at 5:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 6:00pm.
If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:
Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Chase Van Allen, now in his third season with the NCAA's University of Alaska Anchorage Sea Wolves - how about the neat picture below! Chase was voted Best Defenceman, Community Hero and and Most Inspirational at the Bulldogs year end Awards Banquet following the 2012-2013 Island Division Championship season.