On Saturday the Rockets are back home for the fifth annual Teddy Bear Toss in a game against the Kootenay Ice. Crickard says for players, games like this are special.
“I remember when I played, seeing the Teddy Bear Toss always gave me goosebumps,” Crickard said. “It’s a really cool thing to be a part of. When that first goal goes in you can really see how much support there is out there for the Rockets and for that cause, and it’s just a really cool concept.”
The Teddy Bear Toss is an annual event in which fans bring new teddy bears to the game and when the Rockets score their first goal of the night, the fans let the bears rain. The Rockets donate the bears collected to the patients of the Kelowna General Hospital over the holidays. Last season Rockets fans contributed to three full truck-loads of teddy bears that were all delivered to the K.G.H.
Saturday night is the only meeting of the season between the Rockets and the Ice.
The Rockets enter Saturday night with a record of 16-8-2-1 that gives them 35 points placing them second in the B.C. Division, four back of the division leading Victoria Royals, and seven ahead of the third place Vancouver Giants.
Kootenay has Friday night off, so they enter Saturday with a record of 12-14-1-0 placing them second in the Central Division five back of the Medicine Hat Tigers, and two ahead of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Saturday marks the final Rockets home game before the Christmas break. Kelowna hits the highway for a six-game prairie road trip starting on Friday, December 8th in Regina. The Rockets play the following night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings before heading to Moose Jaw for a battle with the Warriors on Tuesday, December 12. Kelowna visits Swift Current on the 13th, Prince Albert on the 15th, and they finish off the road trip in Saskatoon on the 16th.
The next home game following Saturday will be December 27th when the Rockets host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place for a holiday B.C. Division battle.
Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.