The annual event that raises thousands of toys and creates one of the best visual effects on a hockey rink, the New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss, is slated for Saturday December 1 at Utica's Memorial Auditorium.

This year's Teddy Bear Toss with be the 8th annual event.  Planning on attending? Here's what you need to know:

1. Get your tickets early!  The Teddy Bear Toss game sells out every year.  Tickets are available at the AUD box office.

2. Bring a new teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the game.

3. When the Utica College Pioneers scores its first goal of the game, take aim and heave your toys on the ice.

4. Join thousands of other screaming Central New Yorkers as more than 4500 toys are collected for local charities.

A teddy bear toss is one of the coolest visuals that can take place, check out the videos from previous years:

2011 Teddy Bear Toss

2010 Teddy Bear Toss

2009 Teddy Bear Toss