Hershey Bears fans set record by throwing more than 45,000 stuffed bears on ice

The Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate set a record Sunday. 

Except it had little to do with hockey. 

Fans of the Hershey Bears participated in the Teddy Bear Toss and threw 45,650 stuffed bears on the ice after a first-period goal. All the bears will be donated to children at local charities.

The Hershey Bears owned the previous record of 34,798, which it set last year. Before that, Calgary of the Western Hockey League held the record set in 2015. 

Hershey fans began tossing the stuffed animals onto the ice after Christian Djoos' goal against Hartford; Hershey won in overtime 4-3.

The Hersey Bears' Teddy Bear toss shown in 2016. (Photo: Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

Perhaps the silliest part of the whole event came with the players celebrating the mid-game promotion by hopping onto huge bear piles. 

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