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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 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:24 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

NSBengal you might want to look up what makes the octopus significant, its not just a random toss on to the ice. yes the timing during the game is random. besides are you really trying to argue the octopus shouldnt be tossed and hats should??? NHL had 2 claims why they are against it 1) leaves "chunks" of it or the goo and skates get caught (although NO incident has happened yet) and 2) causes time delay in game...hundreds of hats have more of a delay then a couple reasonably the NHL is weak and this whole thing is a joke and the NHL should be ashamed

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:18 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Really? sounds funny, like you aren't defending your piont, coward...

But to be fair, you can't really defend stupidity... it just sort of... is...

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:15 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Just curious here, but how exactly do the fans bring the octopus in the building?  Does security check bags?

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:11 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I think we should throw Pee-Wee Herman dolls on the ice instead - signifying our dislike for that Crosby-lovin commish we have

lol.  I also think they should throw Obama dolls on the ice too.  Maybe lucky  enough to have the zamboni will run over them.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:11 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Sounds like you are calling him a bigot and a coward, and that you are being a bigot towards me for being intolerant of my opinion.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:02 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?


Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:00 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?


Bigot (n.) ~  is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from their own or intolerant of people of political views, different ethnicity, race, class, religion, or gender.
Coward (n.) ~ a person who shows fear or timidity
You are a bigot because you are intolerant, and a coward because you didn't defend your piont you just insulted him as a person which has nothing to do with this debate. 
So the overall demand for Octopi is greatly increased because in the possible 28 games a few get thrown? maybe a maximum of 200 Octopi get thrown during a playoff, and you are telling me that this is increasing the global demand on what are most likely farm raised animals (raised to be eaten)?
Here's a tip: Think before you talk...

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:50 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Just because something is a tradition doesn't mean it has to be carried on.  There are many things that were traditions that were stopped for one reason or another.  This is one that needs to be stopped because it is inhumane to intelligent creatures.  True, they are dead, but the demand for them for this purpose has caused a lot of them to be inhumanely treated.  And, no I don't have dog for dinner, do you?  I don't have octopus, either, do you?  You might as well have dog, because what's the difference between having a dog for dinner and having an octopus?  I'll answer that for you - none!

Besides, how does me questioning his intelligence make me a bigot or a coward?  You may want to look up the definitions for those words.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:46 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I am stepping away from the grammar, as it just isn't worth the grief.  Oxford Dictionary has a footnote and explains.

The tossing of octopus on the ice is NOT like a hat trick.  The hatrick at least is a very significant event in hockey and celebrating it is quite different, unless someone can explain why or when it is the right time to throw and octopus on to the ice surface.  Seriously, when is the right time?  If there is and it is a significant event in the game, then fair enough.  If not, then it is not like the hats, and more like garbage.  So is it appropriate to toss an octopus at any point in particular?

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:43 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I agree 100%. The guy is a jackass of the first degree. "Throwing stuff on the ice and someone gets there skate caught on it, falls down and hurts themselves" ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS BETTMAN???? It's hockey dumbass!!!! Players falldown from much worse than a skate catching 100 times a game. Stupid bastard

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