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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

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:59 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

This is a good move by Bettman.  I think people would be pretty offended if some fans threw a dead dog on the ice.  Well, octopi have been shown to be just as intelligent as dogs. 

This is probably the dumbest post I have ever witnessed. 

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:56 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Bettman is an idiot.......Let's stop fireworks on the 4th of July....let's stop  7th inning streches.....they slow down the game.  What a sack biter.

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:40 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

 This rule is all about Bettmans anti Detroit history.  If the rule is anyone throwing objects on the ice will be fined and kicked out then they need to enforce it.  That means a fish on the ice in Vancouver or a rat on the ice in Florida or a hat on the ice after a hat trick results in a fine and a toss from the game. The last time I looked those were objects too

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:37 am

Florida / Rats

The Florida Panthers were in the Stanley Cup finals when the rats tradition caught fire.
The NHL banned it.   The team has been the most irrelevant team in pro sports ever since.  They have made the playoffs exactly once since the year after they banned it, which is by far the worst in the NHL.   

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:33 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

he wants the NEW nhl turned into a patty cake game...BOOT him OUT! before hockey becomes the new nba. he has shown time and time again of disregarding any past traditions and tries to do away with them. NHL needs a commish with a hockey background

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:29 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

the new nhl cant stand watching playoffs if their lover boys arent there aka crosby and ovechkin or with the tradition being involved with them. who else really has a tradition so well-known??? pitt and washington dont have much there. basically another example of how bettman is tired of the wings and wants someone else being there..tried picking on the team and they continue to win, cant beat the team then hit the fans next, and why he needs to truely be fired before he completely destroys everything the game used to be.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 9:56 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Actually it is a hypercorrection, and so octopi is a word now used becaused it has been used incorrectly for so long.
Octopi and octopuses are both acceptable plural forms of the singluar octopus.  The word has its origin in ancient Greek.  In the 1700s when scholars were attempting to formalize the English language, they decided that the plural forms of words with origins in other languages needed to be more authentic to their roots.  Although octopuses was the original plural form, at the time it was decided that octopi was more appropriate -- even though the proper plural form of the word should be octopedes since Greek is the language of origin.

NSBengal, "octopi" not a hypercorrection because people have misused it for so long.  At one point during the 1700s, scholars decided it was an acceptable plural form of the word octopus and has become accepted by most people because of its simplicity.  I think if the an authority such as the Oxford English Dictionary has it as acceptable while other dictionaries don't, I think we just need to drop our grammar police badges and walk away.  Leave the argument to the linguists in their little ivory towers.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 9:37 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

going to the game today and I for one would love to see and "octopi" tossed.... without the tosser being tossed, I might add...

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 9:02 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 8:53 am

fines for throwing ANYTHING on the ice?

In that case, the NHL is going to start making a killing off hat tricks!  I'm not even a Red Wings fan, actually, I hate them, respect, but hate.  This isn't the rats in Florida, which was great for awhile, but lost it's luster.  This is octipi in Detroit.  We all know the NHL pushed for the fine and ejection, it's what they do.  Then lawyer speak comes out and says, no, not us, why would we do that.  BUT, if we did do it, it'd be because of this... 
Bottomline, fans, stop throwing stuff and NHL games.  The NHL doesn't like tradition, or unique celebrations. No more hats, octipi, it damages the ice and delays the game.  Cheering, yelling, and clapping too loudly doesn't allow fans to hear the obnoxious sounds pumped through the speaker systems.  Signs will no longer be tolerated, players feelings on the opposing teams can be hurt.  Please refrain from jumping up and down in your seats.  The person behind you wants to see the game.   And above all, please stop throwing money at out league, we dont' need your help, the NEW NHL fan understands the game better and appreciates the product on the ice without doing any of the above..Thank you

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