Griffins Teddy Bear Toss on Friday

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A Teddy Bear Toss takes place during the Friday’s Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Manitoba Moose, Nov. 25. This annual charity, now in its 22nd year, benefits community groups in the Grand Rapids area and the Billy Bear Hug Foundation, giving comfort to children with critical illnesses in West Michigan. Fans are encouraged to bring new, store-tagged teddy bears and stuffed animals to throw onto the ice after the Griffins score their first goal.
The Griffins also host a food drive at each home game during the month of November. All items will be donated to a West Michigan food pantry. In exchange for each donation, fans will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Kyle Criscuolo autographed jersey and puck, along with a 4-pack of tickets to the Griffins’ New Year’s Eve game.
Throughout the month of November, fans are invited to write unsealed thank you cards for U.S. service members qualifying participants for a drawing for win two tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Van Andel Arena on Dec. 4, 2022.
Drop off thank you cards, nonperishable canned goods and other items at the Guest Services booth behind section 104 on the Van Andel Arena concourse.
There will be a post-game open skate. As a reminder, Van Andel Arena has a no-bag policy, but security will allow fans to use bags to bring in their skates.
Every Friday, enjoy $2 domestic drafts and $2 hot dogs from 6-8 p.m., at the stand next to section A on the concourse and at the Hops & Vines stand located next to section 120. Ride the Rapid to and from any Friday game and enjoy a complimentary fare by showing your ticket to that night’s game. Visit for schedule information, routes and maps.
College students can buy online using their school .edu email address. Limit one ticket per ID if purchasing in-person. Visit to purchase College Night tickets and sign up for text alerts.
All home games are played at Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. West.

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