OHL: 14th Annual Ottawa 67’s Teddy Bear Toss

Ottawa, ON – The Holidays are just around the corner but not for every little boy and girl. Hundreds of kids in the Ottawa region have very little to celebrate, which is why the Ottawa 67’s partnered with the Salvation Army for the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game. It helps put smiles on the faces of children who, more often than not, have little joy in their lives.

Fans were invited to bring a new or gently used teddy bear to the 67’s game on Friday to donate to a family in need. When the 67’s scored their first goal of the game, courtesy Kevin Groulx, his first in the OHL, on the power play at 9:09 of the first period, fans tossed their bears onto the ice for pick-up and delivery to the Salvation Army for distribution. Kal Tire provided a the sleigh (truck) to transport the teddy bears to the kids.

After play resumed nine minutes later another power-play goal, this one from Brendan Bell, made it 2-0. Erik Bradford added a short-handed effort almost eight minutes into the second. Dante Salituro, who has six goals in his past six games, notched his 22nd of the season at 14:26 of the second period to give the 67’s a 4-0 lead.

Ottawa’s Leo Lazarev was less than a period away from a shutout when Adam Laishram finally broke through for the Bulls’ only goal of the night. Lazarev faced 34 shots while Belleville’s Charlie Graham gave up four goals on 22 shots through two periods before Connor Hicks came in to play the third, stopping all 10 shots he faced.

The teams get right back at it on Saturday night at 7:05 at Belleville’s Yardmen Arena.