Fans in Calgary flood the ice with teddy bears!

Thousands of bears hit the ice in Calgary!

Jonathan Larivee

It's the holiday season and that means it's time to put smiles on the faces of children everywhere and on Sunday night, the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and their fans did exactly that.

The Hitmen held their annual teddy bear toss on Sunday night while welcoming the Moose Jaw Warriors, and it would be 17 year old Calgary Hitmen winger London Hoilett that would light the lamp first for the Hitmen, signaling to their fans that it was time to let the bears fly.

The total number of bears collected isn't in yet, but if we can judge by appearances at all it looks like the Hitmen and their fan base may come close to pushing another record this year.

Here's a look at the teddy bear toss, and the goal that led up to it:

Another angle from the crowd:

And here is the man of the hour celebrating his big moment with some of the bears collected from the crowd: