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Saturday, December 18, 2010
How to spoil a 'Teddy Bear Toss'


After Friday’s practice in Frisco, some of the Dallas Stars players were watching highlights of a "Teddy Bear Toss" from a junior hockey game in Calgary.

Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game and toss them on the ice when the home teams scores the first goal. The toys are collected and handed out as presents to local hospitals and charities.

As Stars players were watching the Calgary highlights, goalie Andrew Raycroft -- thinking like a goalie -- noted that those events don’t go so well if the home team gets shut out.

Well, that’s what happened Friday night when Texas Stars goalie Richard Bachman stopped 41 shots in shutting out the Rampage in San Antonio.

Here’s an excerpt from a San Antonio Express-News article on the spoiler role Bachman played on the evening’s festivities.
Texas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman was the Grinch who nearly stole the Rampage teddy bear toss Friday night at the AT&T Center, as the Austin-based club recorded a 3-0 shutout.

Many in the crowd of 6,202 were poised to fling their stuffed animals onto the ice once the Rampage scored their first goal. Instead, Bachman turned aside all 41 Rampage shots for his third shutout of the season.

“I felt kinda bad about it, actually,” said Bachman, who is 4-0-1 lifetime against the Rampage. “But in a 2-0 game, you can't give them even one.”

The resourceful fans did toss the bears after the Stars' third goal into an empty net with a minute to play -- perhaps the first time ever a visiting team's goal ignited such a reaction.