WATERLOO (KWWL) — The teddy bears will hit the ice Thursday night in Young Arena as the Waterloo Black Hawks and Cedar Rapids Roughriders renew their annual Thanksgiving rivalry.
As part of the festivities, fans litter the ice with teddy bears after Waterloo’s first goal. The toys are then donated to local charities in the Waterloo area. This year they’ll go to Toys for Tots, Furries 4 Fosters, and People’s Community Health Clinic.
Waterloo defenseman Brehden Engum scored his first ever Black Hawks goal in the rivalry last year and set off the bear avalanche.
“It was something special, and I think it’s something everyone looks forward to every year especially with the crowd that gets in here,” says Engum, “It’s such a special event, special cause, and it was pretty fun to let them rain down last year.”
“We don’t really talk about it, but I’m sure if you’re the guy it’s pretty great,” agrees forward Connor Caponi, “So, it was great for him last year. It was his first goal, so maybe he’ll get it again.”
The puck drops at 7:05 pm on Thursday night. Waterloo has won two of the three meetings between the squads this year.
The Black Hawks say tickets still remain for the Thanksgiving contest.