Phantoms Partner with Valley Youth House for 2015 Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss Presented by Dan’s Camera City This Saturday, Dec. 12

December 10, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – It’s not everyday that fans are encouraged to throw things onto the ice.

JustSports PhotographyBut that’s exactly what the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are hoping fans will do this Saturday, December 12 for the team’s Teddy Bear Toss presented by Dan’s Camera City. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears or stuffed animals to PPL Center that evening and throw them onto the ice when the Phantoms score their first goal against the Springfield Falcons. The bears and stuffed animals will then be donated to Valley Youth House to be distributed to children across the Lehigh Valley during the holiday season.

“We’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Valley Youth House for our second Teddy Bear Toss here in the Lehigh Valley,” said Phantoms Executive Vice President Chris Porreca. “Their commitment to improving the lives of children and families here in the Lehigh Valley is in perfect alignment with what the Teddy Bear Toss is all about.”

During the team’s inaugural Teddy Bear Toss at PPL Center, the Phantoms collected 1,728 bears and stuffed animals thanks to Brett Hextall’s conversion 6:08 into the second period of Lehigh Valley’s showdown with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on December 6, 2014.

Dan's Camera City logo“Valley Youth House is thrilled to be partnering with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the second consecutive year as the recipient of the Teddy Bear Toss,” said Vice President, Development & Marketing at Valley Youth House, Christina Schoemaker. “Last year, Valley Youth House received over 1,700 stuffed animals which brought smiles and added so much cheer to the holidays for the children and youth served by our mission. Thank you to the Phantoms for supporting our work to empower resilient young people in establishing promising futures.”

Valley Youth HouseFounded in 1973, Valley Youth House’s mission is to empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resiliency and fosters growth and independence. For information, visit

The Phantoms return to action this Friday, December 11 when they continue their five-game home stand with a visit from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Friday’s game features a t-shirt giveaway where the first 8,500 fans in attendance receive a free Ugly Holiday Sweater Phantoms shirt. Tickets for Friday’s game, along with each of the Phantoms’ 26 remaining home games, are currently available by logging on to, by calling 610-347-TIXX [8499] or by visiting the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton).

RISE UP! Reserve your season tickets and groups now for the 2015-2016 season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey. For more information on how to reserve your seat at PPL Center to the hottest ticket in town, call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL (4625)!

Upcoming Home Games:

Phantoms_ugly sweater_2015_V2Friday, December 11, 2015, WB/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. | TIX
(Game presented by The Morning Call. T-Shirt Giveaway. Free Phantoms Ugly Holiday Sweater Shirt to First 8,500 Fans in Attendance. Presented by Capital BlueCross, Coca-Cola, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Mack Trucks, PenTeleData and WFMZ.)

Saturday, December 12, 2015, Springfield Falcons vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. | TIX
(Post-Game Skate with Phantoms Players presented by Big Woody’s Sports Bar & Restaurant. Teddy Bear Toss presented by Dan’s Camera City.)

In the midst of their 20th season of operation, the Phantoms are coming off their Inaugural Season as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms playing at the brand-new PPL Center. Established in 1996, the Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009 where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms. A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Through 19 incredibly successful campaigns, the Phantoms have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and four Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04).