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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: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 7:39 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I knew it!  Iv'e told every body who would listen that if you were pulled over just be nice and except it and things might go your way.  Chances are if you get pulled over you did something wrong.  I once broke a double yellow to speed past someone and a cruiser going the other way saw this and turned around to get me and by that time there was at least 5 cars separating us on a single lane.  I pulled over and waited for him and he asked me about it and I said no reason to piss him off and make him chase me and I didn't get a ticket.  Thanks again  for doing what you do!

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 7:11 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Don't like hockey? Shut up and don't read the story. Grab your ankles and watch some baseball.

You're right, I probably should not be commenting on something I loathe. The headline just intrigued me so thought I would throw my two cents in on this moronic "tradition"  I guess since it dates back to 1952 it is OK then, my bad. And the guy who pointed out the shark throwing as being admissable- that is equally as moronic.

Excuse me while I grab my ankles (whatever that means) and prepare to watch our national pasttime enjoyed by millions. You can continue to watch Canada's pasttime enjoyed by hundreds here in the states.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:55 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Gaaaary, Gaaaary, Gaaaary....If this doesn't have Bettman's stink all over it who's is it then? Can't be the octopus'.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:40 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

For those not in the know (so to speak), when you are from Detroit/SE Michigan, as I and millions of others either are or originally were, you learn octopus etiquette as a child.  I believe its mandatory in the fourth grade, but I don't remember for sure.

First, you have to boil the octopus before throwing it.  That usually prevents it from 1) breaking apart during flight and 2) splattering anything on the ice upon landing.  That resolves the safety issue.

Second, you never throw it during live play.  You must wait till there is a pause in the action.  Recently, because the yutzels who run the NHL threatened a delay of game penalty to the home team if any object was thrown on the ice, and changesd the rules to effect such enforcement, you had to wait till the end of the period.  That too fixed any safety issues b/c the Zamboni would resurface the ice, thus filling any holes that the warmer-than-the-ice octopus caused, as well as getting rid of any little pieces that may have jettisoned from the creature during flight or landing.

I note, by the way, I have never seen the home team called for delay of game when one of the millions of transplanted Michiganders threw the octopus at a game where the Wings were the visiting team.  that is just further evidence that the NHL is biased against the Red Wings, which most of us have known all along anyway.

Go Wings.  Buck the Flackhawks.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:30 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

iTS A TRADITION are u kidding me. With everything that is going wrong in the city of Detroit morons want to pay attention to this. GET A LIFE NHL . Keep throwing them and keep being proud of the tradition of Red Wings hockey.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:06 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Can anyone give an example of one player or employee or fan who got hurt because of an octupus being thrown?
pretty sure the octopus is dead after or before that, if that counts as being hurt... probably only to be thrown in the trash.  I do not think Detroit area is having problems getting fans.  Why couldn't fans begin tossing a rubber octopus on the ice instead?  Just asking... the answer "tradition" doesn't exactly justify it totally here.

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:03 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

The way hockey is played is barbaric and anti-Christ, and folks are getting fed up with how fellow humans disrespect one another.
lol this is hilarious, cause football is not violent right? Why dont we just toss all traditions and sports out the window...oh except for Golf and Tennis

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:00 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

you can even keep throwing your $30 baseball hats on the ice when a guy scores a third goal (also dumb, but you do what you want with your money). The octopi tossing has run its course.
Ummm yea because you know everything right, the whole point is it is a tradition, dating back to 1952. They complain it delays the game, but 1,000 fans throwing HATS on the ice doesnt? You have no crediability on the subject unless you have been a part of the tradition, this is something that Detroit fans should not stop doing, fine or whatever its worth it. We didnt here anything about the San Jose Sharks fans throwing fricken sharks on the ice did we? Nope we didnt, but when a tiny octopus gets thrown on the ICE all hell breaks open and the NHL has to stick their noses in it, no one has ever been injured by and octopus, but throwing a 4 foot shark on the ice is ok.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:32 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Don't like hockey? Shut up and don't read the story. Grab your ankles and watch some baseball.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:23 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Deadspin is considered a credible newssource now?

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