‘That Teddy Bear Gave Me Hope’
A fun day at the outdoor rink last December took a turn for then Hitmen Prospect Wyatt Pisarcyzk when he fell and hit his head on the ice. The fall unfortunately sent him to the Alberta Children’s Hospital where he stayed for five days.
“At first the doctors were trying to figure out what had happened and why. I was then told I would need surgery which was tough for me because I was also told that I wouldn’t be able to play hockey for at least two months,” said Pisarczyk. “For me it was hard to keep a positive mindset knowing I was going into surgery.”
At the same time Pisarczyk was receiving care, his future team the Calgary Hitmen were out in the community for another year of distributing Teddy Bears to local charities from their annual Teddy Bear Toss.
“The morning of my surgery I was very nervous. There was a knock at my hospital door and a nurse came in a gave me a teddy bear, which was holding the Hitmen team picture. I happened to look out the window and the team was taking a picture right outside.”
The teddy bear was inspiration at an uncertain time for the then 15 year-old.
“I remember saying to my Mom ‘everything is going to go fine, I am going to be alright’. That teddy bear gave me hope and a feeling that everything was going to workout.”
Now, the rookie defenceman is a full time member of the Calgary Hitmen and is gearing up to play in his first Teddy Bear Toss.
“I’m very excited to play in the Teddy Bear Toss this year. Being that I experienced the hospital side of it receiving a teddy bear and knowing the feeling it gave me, makes me appreciate this game even more.”
The 28th annual Teddy Bear Toss powered by ENMAX took place Sunday December 3 vs the Prince Albert Raiders. 21,233 Teddy Bears were tossed and distributed to local charities in the Calgary Community.