The Swift Current Broncos did their part on Friday night to ensure an abundant number of stuffed animals will be handed out by the Salvation Army this Christmas.
Around 1,065 stuffed animals, hats, and mitts were collected off the ice moments after Broncos forward Rylan Gould scored the teddy bear toss goal to open the scoring at the InnovationPlex against the Regina Pats.
Kevin Simpson, the Broncos Executive Vice President of Business Operations, was thrilled with the participation from the crowd of 2,131.
"The Salvation Army packed them up into their truck in the back there and took them off," he said. "They're very excited. It's a great turnout, and a great first goal for the Broncos."
The stuffed animals, hats, and mitts will be used by the Swift Current Salvation Army in Christmas hampers that will be filled in the coming days.
"It's important for the Broncos and the community to help out the Salvation Army at this time so we're excited to partner with those guys," he said.
The Broncos and Salvation Army will team up again on December 1 for a food drive just ahead of Christmas.