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Events inspired by the Octopus

In My day to day on June 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

The octopus tradition has launched a couple of other object-tossing manias. Some believe that the tossing of these objects will bring good luck to their favorite team.

During the 1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the hype about the Wings’ run to the Finals grew, a fan at the Boston Garden threw a lobster onto the ice during a playoff game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils. Lobster harvests are often identified with the Bruins’ home region, the New England States, particularly Maine.

When in the 1995 Stanley Cup finals the Red Wings took on the New Jersey Devils and Devils fan threw a fish in Brendan Byrne arena after the Devils scored a goal.

During the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans of the Florida Panthers threw thousands of toy rats on the ice whenever the Panthers scored, inspired by the octopus toss and the story of Scott Mellanby killing a rat in the Panthers’ dressing room. The NHL eventually cracked down on the rat-tossing because of the lengthy delays they could cause, and it ceased altogether shortly after the Panthers’ Cup Finals run ended.

Ten years later, during the opening-round series between the Wings and the Edmonton Oilers, an Edmonton radio host suggested throwing Alberta beef on the ice before the game. Oilers fans continued throwing steaks, even at away games, resulting in several arrests at the away cities.

In the 2002–03 season, the Nashville Predators fans began throwing catfish onto their home ice, in response to the Red Wings tradition. The first recorded instance occurred on October 26, 2002 in a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. This tradition continues, in Game 3 of the 2008 Western Conference quarterfinals matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators the hometown Nashville fans threw 4 catfish onto the ice.

During Game 4 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Western Division Semifinals between the Detroit Red Wings and home-team San Jose Sharks, a Shark’s fan threw a 4-foot leopard shark onto the ice at the HP Pavilion at San Jose after the Sharks scored their first goal with 2 minutes left in the first period.

During the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, in which the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, seafood wholesalers in Pittsburgh, led by Wholey’s Fish Market, began requiring identification from customers who purchased octopuses, refusing to sell to buyers from Michigan.


Halifax Rainmen v Vermont Frost Heaves

In My day to day on February 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Halifax Rainmen v Vermont Frost Heaves (catchy name, huh?) or to you and me… basketball!

Jump Ball

Jump Ball

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m) high hoop (the goal) under organized rules. Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world.

Trying for some points

Trying for some points

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Mooseheads Vs Sea Dogs

In My day to day on October 31, 2008 at 11:53 pm

My first real ice hockey game… and the Mooseheads actually won for once! Oh not to mention the big punch up right near the end!

The Rink at the Metro Centre, Halifax

The Rink at the Metro Centre, Halifax

We arrived early and manged to get some good shots of the emptry ice rink. After taking the snap shots we sorted ourselves out with some popcorn and a couple of beers… Read the rest of this entry »