The Tri-City Americans went into the holiday break with the best mark in franchise history at 27-7-0-0 and on an eight-game win streak.
People are starting to take notice as Tri-City held its No. 2 ranking in this week's CHL poll. The London Knights (25-7-0-1) remained No. 1, while WHL teams Kamloops (No. 7), Edmonton (No. 8) and Moose Jaw (No. 10) earned recognition.
Tri-City leads the WHL with 54 points, which ranks third in the CHL behind the Quebec Remparts (28-6-2-1, 59 points) and the Saint John Sea Dogs (28-10-0-1, 57 points), both of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Americans also lead the WHL in wins (27) and winning percentage (.794). They also have the fewest losses (7).
Tri-City returns to the ice Dec. 29 against the Kelowna Rockets at Toyota Center.
Teams throughout the Western Hockey League collected more than 91,000 teddy bears and winter wear leading into the holiday break.
"The Teddy Bear and other toss nights demonstrate how our WHL Clubs continue to support local charitable organizations through unique promotions such as this," WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said in a press release. "We extend our appreciation to all the WHL club staff and volunteers, as well as our corporate partners, who have made it possible for us to support thousands of families and children at this special time of year."
Some notable Toss Nights in the WHL were in Calgary as the Hitmen collected 25,303 teddy bears, the Portland Winterhawks gathered 10,249, the Vancouver Giants 7,500, while the Edmonton Oil Kings fans tossed 6,600 teddy bears to the ice. The Tri-City fans were generous with 2,537 furry critters.