The University of Southern California men’s ice hockey team, in partnership with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League and The Rinks – Anaheim ICE, hosts their 2nd Annual “CHOC Night & Teddy Bear Toss” on Saturday, January 28, to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Full details can be found on the event webpage, USCIceHockey.com/CHOC
The game itself will feature a regular-season matchup between the USC Trojans and the visiting University of Oregon Ducks. Warmups will begin at 7:15pm, with the game to start at approximately 7:30pm.
This year’s game will include a “Teddy Bear Toss,” where spectators can bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear or stuffed animal to throw onto the ice after USC’s first goal. All the bears collected, as well as proceeds from the night, will be donated to CHOC; plastic bags will be provided to keep them dry and clean.
Those bringing stuffed animals will receive $5 off their admission to the game (usually $10), as well as a special flyer of deals from various local businesses. Those with military, fire, or police ID or USC student IDs will receive a further $5 discount.
There will also be a silent auction during the game of autographed Ducks memorabilia and other items.
Starting at 6:00pm, there will be family-friendly pre-game festivities in front of Anaheim ICE. Scheduled to participate are SWAT and K-9 units from the Anaheim Police Department; fire trucks from Anaheim Fire & Rescue; and the Anaheim Ducks Street Team with a street hockey rink. Food and refreshments will be available from the Refresh Truck.
The pre-game portion of CHOC Night is free and open to the public.
The USC Ice Girls, collegiate hockey’s only ice crew, will also be on hand to meet and greet fans during the festivities and game.
CHOC Night is one of the highlights of the formal partnership announced last season between USC Ice Hockey and the Anaheim Ducks, the first and only one of its kind between a Southern California college hockey team and an NHL club.