HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (12-7-3-1) host the Moose Jaw Warriors (18-9-0-0) this afternoon in the ENMAX Teddy Bear Toss. Game time is 2:00 p.m. with doors to Scotiabank Saddledome opening at 12:30 for Hitmen Happy Hour featuring $6 food and beverage items and $2 sips and snacks until the opening faceoff. Third level seating remains with tickets available at HitmenHockey.com. Fans are asked to bring a new or gently used small or medium sized stuffed toy to toss onto the ice when the Hitmen score their first goal. Those bears will be shared among over 65 local agencies this holiday season including the Salvation Army, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Food Bank and Siksika Nation. This year there is a charitable ask for 26,000 bears. Today’s game will also include performances by the Our Lady of the Rockies High School Marching Band.
TOSS HISTORY: This event dates back all the way to year one of Hitmen Hockey when Borys Protsenko scored the first ever teddy bear goal on Dec. 16, 1995 triggering the release of 1,323 stuffed animals in front of 7.905 fans. Calgary holds a lifetime record 17 wins, six regulation losses, one tie and two overtime losses in the ENMAX Teddy Bear Toss.
LOOKING BACK ON THE LAST FIVE:
Nov. 26/16 vs LET: Hurricanes 4 Hitmen 2…Teddy Bear goal scored by Micheal Zipp at 19:47.
Dec. 10/17 vs. MJ: Warriors 6 Hitmen 3…Teddy Bear goal scored by Vladislav Yeryomenko at 9:36.
Dec. 9/18 vs. KAM: Hitmen 6 Blazers 3…Teddy Bear goal scored by Kaden Elder at 4:18.
Dec. 1/19 vs. RD: Rebels 3 Hitmen 2 (OT)…Teddy Bear goal scored by Carson Focht at 1:31
Dec. 4/21 vs. LET: Hurricanes 5 Hitmen 4 (OT)…Teddy Bear goal scored by Cael Zimmerman at 26:53.
ENMAX TEDDY BEAR TOSS RECORDS:
Fastest Teddy Bear goal: Dec. 7/02 vs. Medicine Hat; scored by Rob Smith 65 seconds into the first period
Latest Teddy Bear goal: Dec. 4/11 vs. Medicine Hat; scored by Calder Brooks at 18:21 of the second period
Opponent History: Today marks just the fourth Hitmen-Warriors contest in a Teddy Bear Toss at the ‘Dome.
Most teddy bears collected in one game: 29,635 (2018)
Total teddy bears collected to date including Teddy Bear Lane: 435,995
Highest attendance: 19,289 (2015)
Total attendance: 362,920
GAME-WORN AND GAME-ISSUED JERSEY AUCTION: During the 2022 ENMAX Teddy Bear Toss, Hitmen players will wear special red-themed teddy bear jerseys with snow-capped numbers and a Santa hat on the primary logo. These jerseys will be sold in an online auction from Dec. 4-14. Fans can bid on the game worn and game issued jerseys at elevateauctions.com.
BEAR FACTS: All teddy bears collected today will be turned over to local charities tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with distribution in the traffic loop outside the northeast entrance of the ‘Dome. Hitmen players will be on hand to assist the process.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Hitmen are tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with Regina at 28 points. Moose Jaw is fourth with 36 points.
MOOSE JAW: Today is the first of four regular season meetings between the two clubs. Moose Jaw took five of their six games last season by a combined score of 25-15. The Hitmen have dropped five straight to the Warriors after having won the previous nine. Prior to that, Moose Jaw rattled off 11 straight victories against Calgary. Riley Fiddler-Schultz (2g, 4a) led all Hitmen with six points in the 2021-22 season series while Jagger Firkus (4g, 6a) topped the Warriors with 10 points.
2021-22 SERIES RECAP
Dec. 2/21 in CGY: Hitmen 7 Warriors 1…Calgary raced out to a 4-0 first period lead.
Jan. 18/22 in MJ: Warriors 8 Hitmen 2…Moose Jaw jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 3:33 into the opening period.
Jan. 23/22 in CGY: Warriors 4 Hitmen 1…Carl Tekachuk made 30 saves in a first star performance.
Feb. 12/22 in MJ: Warriors 4 Hitmen 1…The Warriors erased a 1-0 deficit with a three goal second period.
Feb. 16/22 on Tsuut’ina Nation: Warriors 3 Hitmen 2…Jackson Unger made 38 saves for Moose Jaw.
Mar. 11/22 in MJ: Warriors 5 Hitmen 2…Jagger Firkus led Moose Jaw with a goal and an assist.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on Goal: CGY 177 MJ 195 Power Plays: CGY 4-18 (22.2%) MJ 3-19 (15.8%)
STREAKS: Matteo Danis (2a) has points in back-to-back games. Jacob Wright (2g, 8a) saw his seven-game point streak end Friday against Medicine Hat while a five game point streak for Zac Funk (4g, 4a) and a four-game goal scoring streak (4g) ended the same night.
FAST FACTS: Calgary is 9-3-2-0 in their last 14 games…The Hitmen are 3-4-0-0 against teams from the East Division.
MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS INJURY REPORT: None.
REGULAR SEASON CAREER MILESTONE WATCH: Jacob Wright is one assist away from 50. Brandon Whynott is three games shy of 100. Sean Tschigerl needs four goals to reach 50. Dax Williams recorded an assist on Friday against Medicine Hat for his first career point.
UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary hits the road for their next five games beginning with a four-game prairie swing that opens Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Swift Current. The journey will also take the Hitmen to Moose Jaw (Dec. 9), Regina (Dec. 10) and Brandon (Dec. 11). Calgary will then head to Lethbridge the following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 17 before returning home to host Edmonton on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m.