Langley Rivermen captain Kevin Kilistoff helps collect the teddy bears off the ice during the Rivermen's Teddy Bear Toss game two years ago. Fans are encouraged to throw new or gently-used teddy bears to celebrate the team's first goal during their game on Dec. 12 at the Langley Events Centre.

Bring out the bears

Langley Rivermen hosting Teddy Bear Toss night on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Langley Events Centre

Hockey fans are invited to litter the ice — with Teddy Bears, of course — to celebrate the Langley Rivermen’s first goal of the game tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Langley Events Centre as the junior A hockey club celebrates Teddy Bear Toss night.

The Rivermen are hosting the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, with puck drop at 6 p.m.

The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the Christmas Bureau.

One person who won’t be scoring the goal which will trigger the cascade of teddy bears will be Langley’s Justin Fregona.

Fregona, who leads the Rivermen with 19 goals in 29 games, will not be returning to the team until after the holiday break after making the final roster for the Canada West team at the World Junior A Challenge.

He will be joined on the roster by Rivermen goaltender Bo Didur and Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Dennis Cholowski.

Cholowski is from Langley.

The trio were in Camrose, Alta. for training camp, which began on Sunday. The roster was announced on Tuesday.

The six-team WJAC begins this weekend (Dec. 13) and runs until Dec. 19. It is being co-hosted by Cobourg and Whitby, Ont.


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