The Connecticut Whale were holding the annual "Teddy Bear Toss" Saturday night at the XL Center, as fans were asked to bring a new, unwrapped soft toy to the game and toss it on the ice after the Whale score their first goal.
The toys were supposed to be donated to a local charity, but the team will donate them to Newtown children. The team will also honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims by wearing a commemorative patch on their uniform this weekend and with a dasherboard memorial at the XL Center.
On Monday, a group of players visited Newtown to pay their respects. Kyle Jean, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, Brandon Segal, Christian Thomas and Mike Vernace traveled with Community Relations Manager Frank Berrian and assistant equipment manager Craig Lewis.
The group presented Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra with a team jersey, left flowers and a card from the team at a memorial in town and paid their respect at the firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are also honoring Sandy Hook with a commemorative green ribbon uniform patch and a helmet sticker. The team will also wear a green ribbon. The graphics "S.H.E.S." and "12.14.12" will be painted on the ice behind each net at the Webster Bank Arena.
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