December is all about giving, and there’s certainly is no shortage of ways to help ensure that those less fortunate have the basic essentials, and a little something special this holiday season. Kingstonians can show their generosity by donating non-perishables to the local food bank, buy a snowsuit for a child in need, throw some change into a Salvation Army kettle, or even hurl a stuffed animal onto the ice at the K-Rock Centre. For those of you who are not familiar with that last option, the annual Teddy Bear Toss affords Front’s fans a chance to litter the rink with teddy bears, and other soft creatures. These plush companions gets scooped up, sorted and distributed as a part of Kingston’s annual Toy Drive.
Last Friday, the Kingston Frontenac’s hosted this year’s Teddy Bear Toss, while the game was broadcast live on SportsNet. Although neither the toss nor the game went according to plan, in the end, the Front’s got bear-ied. While the game summary on the team’s website contains a bit of humour, Coach Gilmour thoughts are completely serious:
It was embarrassing to have that happen on our own ice and we have no one to blame but ourselves. We have to start looking in the mirror and find ways within to turn this thing around.
While I am not an avid Kingston Frontenac’s follower, Gilmour’s comments and the video below bring to mind a few questions. First and foremost, are the Front’s doing that poorly this season? According to the standings, the black and yellow are sitting on the lower half of the eastern conference, however they’re only one point out of 4th place. Even so, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the coach to demand more from the team, who is playing in a brand new, multi-million dollar facility. Which leads to my second point. Again, although I don’t regularly attend Front’s games, the number of empty seats visible in the video below is extremely embarrassing. This is especially true when you consider the game was on a Friday night, held in conjunction with the Teddy Bear Toss, as well as a preliminary visit from the Olympic Torch. To all you season ticket holders, and regular Front’s fans, are large numbers of empty seats normal? Thanks to iwona kelly for the photo of a Teddy Bear Toss in some other city.