Dec. 7, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team held a “teddy bear toss” for Toys for Tots last Saturday, Dec. 1 at Ridder Arena. Fans were encouraged to bring stuffed bears to throw on the ice after the first goal of the Golden Gophers’ game against Wisconsin.
The Gophers and Badgers were tied at zero after two periods of play. Midway through the third, senior Mira Jalosuo broke the tie with a power play goal. Junior Sarah Davis won the faceoff and directed the puck back to senior Becky Kortum. The two forwards exchanged the puck before swinging it around to Jalosuo at the left faceoff circle. The defenseman was waiting with her stick in the air and launched a missile into the upper left corner of the goal. Davis and Kortum were each credited with an assist.
After the goal, fans tossed nearly 200 bears onto the ice. Staff members collected the bears, and members of the Gopher women’s hockey team brought them to a Toys for Tots collection site on Monday.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program’s mission is to collect new toys to distribute to less fortunate children as gifts. The program’s goal is to give children a sense of joy and hope that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The Marine Corps Reserve collects toys during October, November and December each year.