Teddy bears

Members of the Kelowna Rockets hockey team threw themselves into some of the teddy bears donated by fans at Saturday night's game. The players then handed out the plush toys at Kelowna General Hospital.

A popular Christmas-related hockey tradition played out again on the ice and at Kelowna General Hospital.

Fans at Saturday night’s game at Prospera Place, a 3-2 victory for the Kelowna Rockets over the Prince George Cougars, threw thousands of teddy bears onto the ice when Nolan Foote scored the Rockets’ first goal.

Foote’s goal, the first of two he scored on the night, came at 11:26 of the first period. It took some time for arena staff to gather all the teddy bears.

“It’s for a good cause and it’s a great thing what they do,” Rockets coach Adam Foote said of the Teddy Bear Toss.

On Sunday afternoon, several Rockets players went to KGH to distribute the teddy bears to youngsters in the hospital’s children’s ward.

The Rockets now begin a road trip through the Prairies, with a game in Prince Albert, Sask, on Friday.