With hockey jerseys on their backs and teddy bears in hand, Regina Pats players paid a visit to the pediatric wards at General Hospital and Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Tuesday morning.
The players delivered a few dozen of the 2,731 stuffed animals thrown out onto the ice during last Friday’s teddy bear toss game at the Brandt Centre.
There were smiles all around as seven hockey players packed into 14-year-old Deborah Livingston’s hospital room.
First to walk in — holding a brown, oversized teddy bear — was left wing Bryce Platt.
“We’ve got the big bear for you, we saved the best one,” Platt told Livingston as he set the stuffed animal down at the foot of her hospital bed.
“I have bragging rights for a full two months. Honestly, they made my whole entire week,” Livingston said with an ear-to-ear grin.
Being a part of the teddy bear toss giveaway for a second year in a row, centre Matt Bradley said it’s the connections he makes with each child that matters most.
“To see the smiles on the kids’ faces — it just means the world to make their day and make their week. It’s really special,” Bradley said.