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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.


Legend of the Octopus

In My day to day on June 1, 2009 at 11:06 am

As any great hockey fan will know it’s the post season and that means the Stanley Cup finals are currently underway.

Detroit Red Wings

red wings logo

red wings logo

versus Pittsburgh Penguins

penguins logo

penguins logo

The Stanley Cup final consists of a possible 7 games. In other words, if one team win 4 consecutive games then its all over. If not then play continues until a winner is announced and is awarded this handsome lump of metal…

Stanley Cup

Saturday night was the first finals game and Cameron and I settled down in front of the TV, both of us slightly disappointed that yet again a Canadian team had failed to make it this far! Nevermind eh? My attention was quickly captured by a giant octopus floating from the ceiling of the stadium!



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