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WATCH: Teddies rain down at SSE Arena during Belfast Giants' annual Teddy Bear Toss night

Belfast Giants players help to clear up after the Teddy Bear Toss during Saturday night's game against the Sheffield Steelers at the SSE Arena (William Cherry/Presseye)
Belfast Giants players help to clear up after the Teddy Bear Toss during Saturday night's game against the Sheffield Steelers at the SSE Arena (William Cherry/Presseye)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

While the Belfast Giants' game against the Sheffield Steelers didn't go how they wanted from a hockey perspective, it was still a roaring success off the ice.

Despite the 4-0 scoreline, the game marked the Giants' annual Teddy Bear Toss, which sees fans encouraged to bring their stuffed animals and throw them onto the ice for charity.

In a break in play in the third period of the game, fans were instructed to toss their bears onto the ice - and they did so generously, with hundreds of bears landing on the playing surface!

Check out the action from the Teddy Bear Toss below!

The Teddy Bear Toss is an ice hockey tradition in both the United Kingdom's Elite League and also in North America and sees thousands of stuffed animals donated to charity every year across the world.

The record for the largest Teddy Bear Toss occurred only a week ago when the appropriately named Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League collected 45,650 bears during their game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Giants do their Teddy Bear Toss in assocation with Cool FM's Cash for Kids appeal, and the bears will be distributed to children in hospitals across Northern Ireland in time for Christmas.

Players will deliver the bears personally to kids over the next few weeks, part of their ongoing community work.

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