The annual Teddy Bear Toss season is here and several CHL teams (and NCAA too I believe) have already held their version of the charity tradition. Edmonton's Teddy Bruin Toss game is tomorrow when Chilliwack comes to town.
The Portland Winterhawks hosted Prince George on December 11th and the goal that got the ice littered with stuffed toys was an absolute beauty. It was scored by 2011 eligible forward Ty Rattie and was even more impressive considering the player he embarrassed in the process.
The highlight video replay to follow...
The Edmonton Oilers prospect left looking like a soccer-playing pylon is non other than 2nd round pick Martin Marincin. The Slovakian blueliner has had a stellar rookie year in the WHL but was made to look silly on this play by the speedy sniper from Airdrie.
Rattie is 5th in league scoring right now with 16 goals and 46 points through 36 games. The 2nd overall pick in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6'0 and 170 lb forward was ranked as the 3rd best WHL prospect by Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.
Marincin currently leads all defencemen in scoring with 35 points in 33 games and boasts a +6 rating. He'll be heading to Buffalo to play for Slovakia at the 2011 WJC.
Thanks to Portland play-by-play voice Andy Kemper for the tip off on the video.