Giants gear up for annual Teddy Toss

Published Friday, 14 December 2012
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The Belfast Giants are set to take on the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night, with the game also set to feature the now traditional Teddy Bear Toss ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Giants gear up for annual Teddy Toss
Giants captain Adam Keefe will be leading the charge against the Cardiff Devils. (© MIchael Cooper)

Fans are challenged to throw as many stuffed toys as possible onto the ice after the Giants first goal of the game.

The players will then scoop them up and deliver them to poorly children at hospitals across Belfast.

"Help us make Christmas 2012 one to remember for families and fans!" the team urged supporters.

The fierce rivalry between the Giants and Devils has seen 20 goals scored in their three clashes so far this season, with 208 shots on target and 80 penalty minutes - all in front of nearly 10,000 people.

And on Friday night, the home side will be out for revenge.

Last time the sides met in Belfast, the Giants triumphed 6-3. But more recently, in Cardiff last month, the Devils came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3.

Cardiff always play a tough and in-your-face style game ...

Adam Keefe, Belfast Giants

The Giants third period collapse was branded "unacceptable" by captain Adam Keefe and he'll be looking to ensure it doesn't happen again.

"This match against Cardiff is a massive game as the Devils have been playing really well as of late and they are right there in the hunt for the Elite League title," Keefe said.

"We are aware that we owe the Devils payback for spoiling our lead back in November - we certainly haven't forgotten that game.

"We'll have to be at our best to get the win, as I have no doubt that Cardiff will come to play."

Face-off between the Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey is at 7.30pm.

Teddy Bear Toss

For health and safety reasons, all soft toys must be new and put in sealed clear plastic bags.

Teddies should ideally be suitable for children from birth upwards (please check the label). This means that they can go to the littlest baby, all the way through to the bigger boys and girls.

Fans are asked to please wrap their soft toys before attending the game.

© UTV News
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