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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
Comments

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:15 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?




Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:14 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Yeah, that's what I said. "ALL" traditions are dumb and pointless and should be stopped. Not ALL traditions, but this dead optopus tradition is D-U-M-B! If Philly were slaughtering pigs before each game, then I would say "yeah, that it is pretty dumb. Maybe we should think about putting an end to that." Fla St can keep their tomahawk chop, buckeye will keep dotting their i, 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.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:51 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Ok then if tradition is dumb and pointless than why don't we stop some Philly traditions. Detroit doesn't have much to be proud of but messing with our hockey team is not a good idea. Bettman should have an octopus shoved up his butt. 



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:47 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I think Bettman owns the Coyotes. He is just mad that Detroit has something that anyone outside the original six dont have. Tradition and duh winning. This is the dumbest issue that Bettman should be worried and if you stop that then stop fans from throwing hats out when a hat trick happens.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:47 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I think Bettman owns the Coyotes. He is just mad that Detroit has something that anyone outside the original six dont have. Tradition and duh winning. This is the dumbest issue that Bettman should be worried and if you stop that then stop fans from throwing hats out when a hat trick happens.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:43 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Tradition? This tradition is as pointless and stupid as the sport it is associated with. I am no PETA whackjob, but it seems pretty barbaric and inhumane to kill this creature just to have it tossed out onto the ice for no apparent reason then discarded in the trash. If you intend to eat it fine, but to die just for your entertainment seems rather pointless. All you big macho hockey knuckleheads can now ridicule me for being a wuss which is fine. I am not citing this a as a horrendous travesty, just saying that it is unnecessary and DUMB, and putting an end to this "tradition" seems like a rational idea.



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:36 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?


Seems silly. Hockey is hurting to attract fans. The should keep as many traditions as possible.



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:32 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Really?  I am NOT a Wings fans, but let's give it a rest.  It's tradition.  It's not like they are throwing coins or nails or rocks.  It's got 8 legs!  I think the players can see it AND skate around it.  No?  As for the Texan Fan
 "I think Americans don't like draws or ties. to spend two or three hours watching a game only to end in a draw... kinda weak".
Have you heard of overtime?  How about a shootout?  And being a SMART Texan Fan, perhaps you should know, NFL games can end in ties, hockey games, No, they at least have a final verdict.



Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:45 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I think Americans don't like draws or ties. to spend two or three hours watching a game only to end in a draw... kinda weak




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:12 pm
 

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to toss a shoe in support of the Red Wings than an octopus? After all the Red Wings are named after a shoe. I never understood why only Red Wings fans throw octopi. I am prepared to be schooled on this matter.


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