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Oil Kings rookie Landon Hanson launches annual Teddy Bear Toss

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Landon Hanson introduced the home down with the Edmonton Oil Kings’ first aim of the 2023 Teddy Bear Toss recreation, leading to a sea of fluff and fur inside a near-capacity Rogers Place on Friday.

The 17,226 within the stands noticed the 17-year-old native of Grande Prairie scored the most important aim of the common season, taking a centering move from Ty Nash and making no mistake in batting it dwelling previous Everett Silvertips goalie Ethan Chadwick 12:46 into the opening interval.

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“It’s surreal, it’s for an excellent trigger and I’m simply glad I received to attain one,” Hanson, who was elevated to the Oil Kings high line for the sport, stated into the mic from centre ice as 14,729 stuffed animals have been being collected within the title of 630 CHED’s Santas Nameless (16,491 teddy bears is the file from 2019). “I simply thought, ‘I scored.’ An ideal play by Nasher. An ideal move.

“Thanks for being the very best followers within the WHL.”

Hanson turned the sixteenth completely different Oil Kings participant to attain the Teddy Bear Toss aim.

His second aim of the season and third of his younger Western Hockey League profession, tied the sport 1-1, paving the best way for a 5-3 upset by the Oil Kings (8-16-0-1) over the Silvertips (17-11-1-0).

And the Oil Kings put up their greatest quantity within the stands since COVID-19.

“This is without doubt one of the highest attendances in our historical past,” stated Oil Kings director of enterprise operations Kevin Radomski. “The power to promote out a NHL constructing as a WHL group, we don’t take that as a right.”

The Oil Kings have been carrying particular uniforms for the event, with what can solely be described as a mountain of teddy bears that appeared not in contrast to furry camoflauge from afar, which have been put up for silent public sale following the sport to boost additional funds for Santas Nameless.

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Each groups headed again to their dressing rooms whereas the bears have been being bagged up, after the Oil Kings gamers took a chance to physique surf into the plush piles, that’s.

“It virtually offers us one other likelihood to return into the room and virtually use it as one other intermission,” Oil Kings head coach Luke Pierce stated on the group broadcast.

Oil Kings play-by-play voice Andrew Peard caught up with Hanson forward of the second interval.

“It’s was fairly surreal, like I stated earlier,” Hanson stated. “It’s only a hard-work aim. We simply put some stress on their D, and it was an excellent play by Nash, who noticed me in entrance and gave me a wide-open internet. So, it was an excellent play.”

Hanson made probably the most of a chance that noticed him fill in for right-winger Skyler Bruce (lower-body damage), placing the rookie on the Oil Kings high line alongside Nash and Gavin Hodnett, who have been each awarded assists on his massive aim.

And you’ll wager the promotion went a great distance in giving Hanson the chance to money in on this yr’s fur flinging.

“I’m not anxious about it an excessive amount of,” Hanson stated, downplaying his influence Friday. “It was fairly good. It’s good, however I’ve received to rise to the event and do what Brucey does and simply play my half nicely.”

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For his half, Hanson scored the one aim each member of the house group was dreaming about coming into this one.

It’s the sort of second that sticks with everybody concerned. Simply ask former Drugs Hat Tigers ahead James Hamblin, who is aware of a factor or two about massive objectives, developing with the primary and second of his budding NHL profession after being known as as much as play for his hometown Edmonton Oilers in November.

He performed in a handful of Teddy Bear Toss video games with the Drugs Hat Tigers.

“It’s actually cool,” Hamblin stated. “I feel the most important factor in regards to the Teddy Bear Toss is what comes with the teddy bears being thrown on the market and the aftermath. I feel the very best half for the junior guys is with the ability to take these teddy bears to the hospitals afterward and provides them to youngsters. That’s the very best half.

“However it’s at all times a kind of days the place you sort of dream about scoring that aim. It’s simply further particular to get.”

It was Everett first on the board Friday, 10:28 in, when Teague Patton skated round Hanson and onto the doorstep for his tenth aim of the season, banking it off the publish and in off the again of Kolby Hay.

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Patton got here in with 16 factors in his final 10 video games.

After Hanson earned some redemption with a aim of his personal, Everett took again the lead with 1:12 left within the first interval, as Sherwood Park’s Ben Hemmerling took a cross-crease feed from and put the one-timer away for his eighth of the season.

On Sunday, he signed an entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL.

Edmonton tied it 2-2 2:28 into the second interval, when Marshall Finnie picked up a rebound alone in entrance of the online for his seventh of the yr, cleansing up the rebound on a low shot from the left circle by Smyth Rebman.

Everett pulled forward 3-2 at 16:18, when Cole Miller turned the puck over in Edmonton’s zone, earlier than Julius Miettinen took a drop move from Hemmerling and fired it previous Hay.

Edmonton tied it on the facility play at 8:32 of the third interval, when Nash pounced on a rebound of a one-timer from Finnie.

That offers Nash, along with his fourth of the yr, a aim and an help in three straight video games.

With 67 seconds left, Marc Lajoie gave the Oil Kings the one lead they would wish, taking a seam move from Hodnett and firing a wrist shot off the glove of Chadwick on the facility play for the profitable aim.

Roan Woodward added an empty-netter off the publish and in towards his former group with 23.1 seconds remaining.

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