Men's and women's programs collecting bears for families in need
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's ice hockey programs are teaming up with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and the Marketing Association of Plymouth State (MAPS) to host a pair of 'Teddy Bear Toss' games during their double-header on Saturday, Dec. 10, head coaches Craig Russell and Mykul Haun announced today.
Fans are encouraged to buy a teddy bear and throw it onto the ice after the first Panther goal in each of the two games on Saturday. Panther hockey players will collect the bears from the ice, which will then be donated to CHaD and the Plymouth Police Department to be distributed to families in need of gifts for the upcoming holiday season.
"We're excited to be able to partner with CHaD, as well as our local police department to give back to our community," said men's coach Craig Russell. "This time of year is difficult for some families to provide for their children, and the families involved at CHaD are always looking for a way to stay positive and provide for their children. I'm happy that we can be involved in any way possible, and it gives us tremendous pride to say we can help put a smile on a kid's face during the holiday season."
Women's coach Mykul Haun echoed Russell's sentiments. "We are grateful to be given the opportunity to partner with CHaD for such a great cause," said the first-year head coach. "The need for pediatric care and support extends beyond the scope of just being a medical care provider. The services and loving care the CHaD provides allows children, families and caregivers the opportunity to work through a difficult time and aid on the road to recovery. We are also excited to work with the Plymouth Police Department as they aid in the delivery of the teddy bears to those families in need."
The women's team, currently 3-6-1, will face off with Post University (Conn.) at 2:00 p.m. The men (6-3-0) will battle Castleton University with puck-drop slated for 6:00 p.m.
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