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Mercyhurst veterans, men’s hockey slate annual Teddy Bear Toss

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Mercyhurst Men’s Hockey Team and Mercyhurst Veterans Association will hold its third annual Toys for Tots Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., during the Lakers versus Sacred Heart University game at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Admittance is free with a teddy bear.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to toss onto the ice when the Lakers score their first goal. All teddy bears collected go directly to local needy children for the Christmas holiday through the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

“Toys for Tots is a great charity and helping needy children during this special time of year is something we are eager to do,” said James Oefelein, president of the Mercyhurst Veterans Association. “This event gives fans a chance to come together and support a great college hockey team, and help local children at the same time.”

Last year’s event collected more than 500 stuffed animals, all of which stayed right here in Erie, Oefelein said.

Oefelein offered thanks to Aeropostale and Tim Hortons for their sponsorship this year. Tim Hortons, he added, will be providing free coffee and Timbits to those who bring a teddy bear.

For more information, contact Oefelein at