WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota men’s hockey team will hold the ninth annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Dec. 7, during the Cardinals’ 7 p.m. home game against UW-Superior at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.

Fans attending are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal — preferably new, but those in good used condition will also be accepted and appreciated. Teddy bears will also be available at the arena for a donation of $1.

Additionally, boxes will be located in the rink and in Saint Mary’s Hall for the Saint Mary’s community to place new and gently used stuffed animals to be used in the toss. These donations are due by Friday, Dec. 7, at noon.

After the first Saint Mary’s goal in the first period — or at the end of the first period if no goals have been scored — fans will have an opportunity to throw their teddy bears and stuffed animals onto the ice. They will then be collected and distributed to children in the Winona area through the Toys for Kids program.