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NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 5:40 pm
 
For all of downtown Detroit’s troubles, the NHL apparently wants to address what it sees as a major scourge. 

The tradition of tossing octopi on the ice. 

Matt Saler of the blog On the Wings reports the NHL has asked Detroit to enforce a city ordinance, which apparently caused one fan to be ejected from Wednesday’s Game 1 and put him on the hook for a $500 fine:
"Officer Bullock informed me that the enforcement of Municipal Code 38-5-4 is at the request of the NHL. Evidently, police supervisors were informed Wednesday night, either before or during the game, by League representatives that they don’t want anything thrown on the ice. An officer has to witness the throw and nab the thrower on the spot, but it’s something they can and will enforce. Apparently, distance from players is not an issue: any octopus on the ice is grounds for ejection and a fine."

The interesting part is that the Wings are not the ones asking for it. According to Officer Bullock, they’re fine with the tradition, and even like it. And I gather the police aren’t big fans of enforcing it either. It’s up to the officer’s discretion, so it’s possible fans may still get away with it at times. But with NHL officials pushing for it, it’s less safe to throw than it ever has been. Previously, it may have been a bit of an empty threat. Now it has teeth.

According to Yahoo! hockey blog Puck Daddy , NHL spokesman Frank Brown wouldn’t confirm that the league is asking for police to enforce the city code: 
"I don't believe it's anything new, but I'm waiting to hear back from our security. It's a safety issue. You throw stuff on the ice, people get their skates caught in it, they fall down and hurt themselves. It's wrong. That's a problem," said Brown, in a phone interview this afternoon.

The NHL then sent out this statement: 
"NHL security did not direct that this person be arrested or ejected. We do have a prohibition against throwing things to the ice surface since this may cause a delay in game or injury to players or others working on the ice surface."

This eight-legged controversy began to swirl when Deadspin reported an account from the fan who allegedly was the target of police:
All of a sudden, a guy from there said, "You're going to jail. Come with me." Granted, not a thing happened to the prior folks, or any other game. I went down and was charged. Really, it's AN octopus in Detroit in a hockey game! They kick me out, fined me $500 and I have to go to court. I paid $150 for my ticket [but] now will pay $500 more. That's $217 a period.

Although the tradition of throwing an octopus on the ice dates back to 1952, opponents have complained for years that chunks of the sea creature are often left on the surface. That could create a safety concern, although there have been no reports of that any player was injured because of it. The Red Wings were threatened with a $10,000 fine three years ago if famed Zamboni driver Al Sobotka swung any octopi he picked up off the ice. 

-- A.J. Perez
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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:19 pm
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Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:38 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Touche



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:11 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

You're preaching to the choir when you talk about how much food this country wastes, all. But sadly, if that's ever going to be fixed, it won't be because of the NHL getting tough about octopus throwing.




Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:39 am
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Thats a fair point Lulz. I for one am not well versed on the harvesting of octopi but I'm pretty sure if these octopi were merely garbage they wouldnt take the time to bring them in but rather throw them back. In a world of 8 billion mouths to feed I think its pretty stupid to throw a perfectly good food on the ice only to be shoveled up and thrown away because its tradition. And yes I have eaten octopus, its pretty good. It makes  about as much sense as throwing a catfish, trout or salmon on the ice only to throw it away. To me, thats silliness. 



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:10 am
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Nice to see the nearly universal support for this tradition among fans from anywhere and everywhere, not just Detroit. But I do see one repeated silliness (and forgive me if someone already addressed this) - namely, the concept that more octopi are killed/mistreated to support this tradition. Octopi are not raised on farms. They are caught accidentally in nets designed to catch something else. By the time they are noticed, they are already dead, and are simply sorted out from the rest of the catch. If Wings fans didn't buy them, their lives would NOT be saved. That's not how it works.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:07 am
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

What a crock of crap this is. The NHL needs to get a grip on all items being thrown on the ice at every arena and not single out Detroit for octopi. Otherwise, leave it alone and let this city have its tradition. The City of Detroit needs to tell whoever is pushing this to go pack sand up their rear orfice and to get off their back. Better yet, the city of Detriot needs to turn their head and ignore this request and let the tradition continue. This is such a suck article and no dought is was conceaved by some idiot who's team has no traditions.



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:10 am
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Don't forget that they also booed Santa Claus......

As for the octopi, that is soooo cool!  Every place needs a tradion: Terrible towels at Steeler games; the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley; the Red Sox 11 am games on Patriot's Day; these are the things that make America a unique and colorful place to live.  Tradition.

If you do away/ban these things, you end up with the sterilization of America, where everyone/thing is the same. Kinda like how the NCAA has sterilzed the hoops tourney with the God-awful black and blue trimmed courts so they all look the same.  Pathetic.  Wouldn't be surprised if the NCAA was assisting the NHL with this no cephelapod thrwoing in Detroit......



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:36 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

the arguement that it doesnt cause any harm is incorrect.  it leaves muck on the ice, it slows down the game, and it clearly gives the wings an advantage.  what if the coyotes decided to throw dead dogs on the ice....or rattlesnakes?  that fact that detroit fans are just trash makes sense that they would want to trash the rink.  tasteless, classless act....but its detroit so every just says "yea...makes sense" and overlooks it.  detroit is already the armpit of america in terms of jobs, crime, housing, drugs, pollution....might as well add sports to the list too.  

Ohhhh your a Phoenix fan now i get it...lol have fun getting humiliated in the playoffs for a second straight year by the Wings. BTW maybe you can get some friends and go to the game, looked like home ic for the Wings the other night not Phoenix

 






Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:34 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

the arguement that it doesnt cause any harm is incorrect.  it leaves muck on the ice, it slows down the game, and it clearly gives the wings an advantage.  what if the coyotes decided to throw dead dogs on the ice....or rattlesnakes?  that fact that detroit fans are just trash makes sense that they would want to trash the rink.  tasteless, classless act....but its detroit so every just says "yea...makes sense" and overlooks it.  detroit is already the armpit of america in terms of jobs, crime, housing, drugs, pollution....might as well add sports to the list too.
Oh so what about blood...thats messes with the ice yet it gets cleaned up, the crew at the Joe cleans up the octopus slime everytime. And how does it give the Wings and advantage in any way other than getting pumped up. How about hundreds of hats getting thrown on the ice...that slows it down too. And San Jose has tossed Sharks on the ice...not fake ones, real ones. Keep hating on the city just shows how immature and idiotic you are. Your post is about as classless as Detroit by the way you put it.


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:32 pm
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