The 9’th Annual Teddy Bear Toss at Syracuse

The Teddy Bears first destination.

The fur will fly on Saturday, December 7, when the Syracuse Crunch host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the War Memorial Arena.

The fur, of course, belong to the thousands of teddy bears and toys that will fly on to the War Memorial ice.

The Syracuse Crunch and Stanley Steemer of Syracuse are hosting their 9’th annual Tired Teddy Bear Toss, where the fans are invited to throw new and gently used stuffed animals and teddy bears on to the ice when the Crunch score their first goal.

All manner of stuffed toys are welcome, from beanie babies to Elmos, and of course every variety of Teddy Bear is invited. This is the perfect time to search out those forgotten toys from Christmas past to give them a new life, and to put a grateful smile on a local child.

Teddys waiting for their chance to Fly!

Fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used plush toys to either the Crunch office or to the Stanley Steemer building on Commerce Blvd. just off Carrier Circle from now until game day, December 7.

The collected bears will be laid out on seats in the arena in preparation for the first Crunch goal of the evening – just in case the occupant of that seat came empty handed – and then it rains teddy bears…

The toys will be collected from the ice by teen volunteers from the Salvation Army, along with help from the teams, Crunch management and the Stanley Steemer staff. They are then whisked off to be cleaned and refurbished to like new condition.

Stanley Steemer of Syracuse President Jeff Trisciani says it will take a full week of work by several employees to clean, deodorize and refurbish all the donated toys to “like new” condition, but it is absolutely worth the effort.

The reconditioned toys will be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution at their Christmas Bureau which will be held at the OnCenter December 18, just in time to make for a very happy Christmas for thousands of local children.

Stanley Steemer is locally owned and operated.  Stanley Steemer is the first carpet cleaning service to be certified by the asthma and allergy foundation, by removing an average of 94% of common household allergens. 

For more information or to donate, please call

Stanley Steemer of Syracuse, (315) 455-2080 or the

Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club, (315) 473-4444


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