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Lightning affiliates make it rain teddy bears over the weekend

by Andrew DeWitt / Tampa Bay Lightning

The teddy bear toss continues to be one of the most popular events in minor league hockey. Both the Syracuse Crunch and Florida Everblades had their nights this weekend.

On Friday night, the Syracuse Crunch collected 2,278 bears when captain Mike Angelidis scored. The players even wanted to get in on the teddy bear fun but Angelidis told that the players went shopping at Costco for a life-sized teddy bear but couldn't find one.
"We were trying to buy the biggest teddy bear we could find at Costco, but they sold out. We couldn't get one,'' Angelidis said. "We would have done it. Eric Neilson was going to do it. I can't take credit for it. It was Eric Neilson's idea.''

The Everblades had their night on Saturday night in a 5-4 shootout win over the Indianapolis Fuel. The bears flew just 3:45 into the game when Adam Brace scored the first of his three goals that night.

The Everblades also wore special teddy bear jerseys that were auctioned off after the game

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