Zalitach's first WHL goal brings a blizzard of bears

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw Warriors fans at Mosaic Place responded to Reid Zalitach’s first Western Hockey League goal by throwing hundreds of stuffed animals on the ice.

Zalitach had the honour of scoring the first goal on the Warriors annual teddy bear and toque toss night.

“Obviously it’s nice, but it kind of kills the mood when the team doesn’t play well,” said Zalitach after the 3-1 loss to Brandon. “A goal’s a goal. The team scores the goal, I don’t. We all work for that goal. I would rather have a win than the goal.”

It is the second year in a row that a Warriors player scored his first career WHL goal on teddy bear toss night. Last year Josh Uhrich found the mark and this year Uhrich was the player that went digging under bears before finding the puck to give to Zalitach as a memento.

All of the stuffed animals and toques, mittens and scarves collected will be donated to the local Salvation Army.

The Warriors also announced this weekend that they raised $7,500 for the Moose Jaw Humane Society through the auctioning of the special Chris Chelios Hockey Hall of Fame jerseys they wore during the pre-game warm-up on October 5.

The Warriors also raised enough money to adopt 10 families for the local Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program. Those funds were raised through the auctioning of the throwback Moose Jaw Canucks jerseys that they wore at the same games.

The players will do the shopping and delivery of the gifts for their respective adopted families.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Salvation Army.The Warriors, Moose Jaw Humane Society Salvation Army Adopt

Geographic location: Brandon

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