Tumbling Teddy Bears
When the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team scores its first goal on Saturday night, teddy bears will be raining down onto the ice. Now in its 19th year, the annual Teddy Bear Toss attracts a sell-out crowd, and everyone’s carrying a teddy bear.
The bears are donated to children in pediatric care units and are handed out by the Gamblers players themselves to brighten the day of sick kids. Since its start in 2000, an estimated 100,000 bears have been tossed on the ice.
Sitting right at the glass on Saturday night will be Tom Snider with teddy bear in hand. Even a burly guy who makes a living filling potholes, sealcoating driveways, and laying asphalt will be clutching a teddy bear on Saturday night at the Resch Center. Tom and his wife, Chris, operate AC Asphalt, and their asphalt company has been a Gamblers sponsor for 12 years.
Love of the Game
A Minnesota native, Tom played hockey in high school and coached afterward – chalking up 20 years as a coach in his home state. He coached his own kids and now has 3 grandsons playing hockey and a son coaching in Shawano.
Tom’s busy season (from May to November) leaves time for winter entertainment, and a favorite hangout is a Green Bay Gamblers Hockey game. Tom said a love of hockey is the reason he sits in the stands and sponsors the team year after year.
Right on the Glass
AC Asphalt has a VIP Party Pit table right down on the glass, and Tom invites friends to the games to share the excitement of junior ice hockey. He likes to keep an eye on the players’ success after they leave the Gamblers for the collegiate or professional ranks.
“A lot of these players I met personally. I still watch them today, especially the ones from Minnesota,” Tom said.
On Saturday night, look for the AC Asphalt logo by the Gamblers bench and look for Tom clutching a teddy bear and cheering on his favorite hockey team.
About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.