The San Diego Gulls beat the Ontario Reign to end a six-game losing streak. Photo courtesy San Diego Gulls
The San Diego Gulls beat the Ontario Reign to end a six-game losing streak. Photo courtesy San Diego Gulls

The San Diego Gulls will conduct a teddy bear toss at Friday night’s game against the San Jose Barracuda at Valley View Casino Center.

Fans are asked to bring a new teddy bear to the game and to toss it on the ice after the Gulls score their first goal in the American Hockey League game. Complimentary plastic bags will be provided to wrap the bears to keep them dry and clean.

All bears will be donated to the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.

A crowd of between 8,000-9,000 is expected, with between 10,000 and 20,000 bears expected to be tossed, according to Gulls communications manager Sam Kieckhefer.

The team will have between 20 and 50 people picking up the bears from the ice, Kieckhefer told City News Service.

Discounted tickets are available at sandiegogulls.com/tickets/teddy-bear- toss.

A flier for a 20 percent discount on a teddy bear from Geppetto’s is available on that web page.

The Kamloops (British Columbia) Blazers of the Western Hockey League are credited with being the first team to hold a teddy bear toss, during the 1993- 94 season. The WHL’s Calgary (Alberta) Hitmen claimed a record when 28,815 bears hit the ice at their Dec. 6 game.

This will be the first Gulls game at Valley View Casino Center where there will be metal detection devices at all entrances. Arena officials are asking fans to arrive at least one hour before the game’s scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.

—City News Service