FINAL
Fri. Oct 10
2 IOW
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 11
2 OKC
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Oct 17
3 UTI
0 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 18
5 SAN
4 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Oct 24
2 SAN
5 UTI
FINAL
Sat. Oct 25
4 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Sun. Oct 26
5 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Wed. Oct 29
6 SAN
7 ADK
Fri. Oct 31
7:30 PM
RFD
SAN
Sat. Nov 01
7:00 PM
RFD
SAN
Fri. Nov 07
7:30 PM
TOR
SAN
Sun. Nov 09
4:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Nov 11
10:35 AM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Nov 14
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Sat. Nov 15
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Nov 18
10:30 AM
OKC
SAN
Fri. Nov 21
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Sun. Nov 23
4:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Nov 29
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Nov 30
4:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Fri. Dec 05
7:30 PM
UTI
SAN
Sun. Dec 07
4:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Tue. Dec 09
7:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Thu. Dec 11
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 12
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 19
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Sun. Dec 21
1:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Fri. Dec 26
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Dec 27
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Dec 28
5:00 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Jan 01
3:00 PM
SAN
UTI
Fri. Jan 02
7:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Sat. Jan 03
3:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Tue. Jan 06
7:00 PM
SAN
ADK
Wed. Jan 07
7:05 PM
SAN
ROC
Sat. Jan 10
7:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Sun. Jan 11
4:00 PM
TOR
SAN
Sat. Jan 17
7:00 PM
ROC
SAN
Tue. Jan 20
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Thu. Jan 22
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Sat. Jan 24
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Thu. Jan 29
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Jan 30
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Feb 03
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Feb 05
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Feb 07
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
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7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Feb 13
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sat. Feb 14
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sun. Feb 15
4:00 PM
SAN
RFD
Wed. Feb 18
10:30 AM
SAN
RFD
Sat. Feb 21
7:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Sun. Feb 22
3:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Fri. Feb 27
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Feb 28
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Wed. Mar 04
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Thu. Mar 05
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Wed. Mar 11
7:00 PM
MIL
SAN
Fri. Mar 13
7:30 PM
LEM
SAN
Sat. Mar 14
7:00 PM
LEM
SAN
Tue. Mar 17
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Fri. Mar 20
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Mar 21
7:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Sun. Mar 22
4:00 PM
HAM
SAN
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7:00 PM
SAN
MIL
Fri. Mar 27
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Mar 28
12:30 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Apr 04
7:00 PM
ADK
SAN
Tue. Apr 07
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Apr 10
7:30 PM
GRA
SAN
Tue. Apr 14
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Fri. Apr 17
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Apr 18
7:00 PM
SAN
TEX

Rampage Deliver Teddy Bears

For Rampage forward James Wright, the sight of several thousands of teddy bears raining down from the stands is not exactly new. He took part in several Teddy Bear Tosses during his junior days with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. But he never scored the goal that made it rain bears. 

Last month was different, though, as his goal at 16:36 of the second period on Nov. 24th was memorable in more ways than one. His power-play goal ended Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust’s AHL shutout record at 268:17 minutes and also signaled the San Antonio faithful to toss more than 1,000 teddy bears onto the ice of the AT&T Center.

“It was pretty neat,” said Wright. “The bears were going to be thrown on the ice regardless of who scored for us, but I was pretty happy I was the one to do it.”

The journey for the teddy bears came full circle on Tuesday afternoon, as Wright and several of his Rampage teammates hand-delivered more than 100 teddy bears during the team’s annual holiday visit to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

“Just seeing the faces of the kids today is nice,” said Wright, who also delivered teddy bears to the Children’s Hospital last year. “The kids all look so excited and we are happy to be a part of it. It’s a great time of year to be doing this.”

Wright, along with his teammates and T-Bone, roamed the halls of the Children’s Hospital and delivered the bears to children and their families – stopping for plenty of photos along the way. 

Among those who received a teddy bear was nine-year-old Jeric Ortiz. Despite his initial shyness,  Jeric relished the chance to meet the Rampage players.

“I was so excited,” he said. “I’ve watched them on the ice but seeing them here now…”

Jeric, still clutching on the bear he had been given, struggled to find a word but after a few seconds he found just the right one.

“Wow,” he said with a beaming smile.

“It’s a breathtaking moment,” said Deseri Ortiz, Jeric’s mother. “It’s tough coming to the hospital so often, but being able to have these experiences is huge. I think it’s great for the children and the community.”

Back in the hallway, Rampage forward Andrea Deveaux carries the bucket of bears while Casey Wellman passes them out. In a corner of the emergency room waiting area, T-Bone gives high-fives to children and their parents.

Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris has made it a point to stop and chat with every child he can during the visit. As one of the Rampage’s veteran players, and a father himself, he has taken part in several hospital visits and knows how meaningful they can be to the children.

“I think it means a lot because it helps center you a bit,” Grumet-Morris said.  “When you give back to the community, especially with young kids here, it re-energizes you.”

“I think the most important thing here, though, is that we’re not just entertainers,” he said. “We want to be a part of this community and stay engaged.”

The Rampage will go back to work this week, playing three road games leading up to the holiday break. The children will also return to their lives, whether it’s returning home or staying in the hospital over the holidays. But they both carried smiles on Tuesday as a reminder that sometimes a soft, cuddly teddy bear and a visit can mean so much more.  


 



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