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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 12:41 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

etork, you are a coward and a bigot for insulting his intellegence. A dead dog is nowhere near a dead octopi, do you have dog for dinner? Or take your pet octopi out for walks? I hope not...
This is a die hard tradition with deep roots in D-Town (hockey-town) hockey, and I would love to see the NHL just try and make local law eforcement enforce the prosecution of octopi tossers. Because they are just as big of fans as anyone else. The symbol of the octopus has deep meaning for anyone involved in Detroit hockey, and the NHL tries to take it away almost every year.... And yet people are still tossing them, so get used to it like you get used to losing to Detroit... Because it will happen often and with great authority...
Go Wings!

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:21 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

You sound like someone who is much dumber than an octopus or a dog.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:03 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Can you say "Tradition" ??? This is just a bunch of NHL Crapola !! To NHL upper, piss poor, management, Just leave the tradition alone and quit stirring up more crap like you always do !!!!!! 

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:02 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

great call on that one

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:01 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

wondering if throwing rubber octopi would be acceptable to wings fans out there...just a thought.  Still not tradition but...

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:53 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

This will do nothing Red Wing fans will still do it, too bad GB.  btw.. since the Wings are the biggest draw and the only thing that keeps hockey alive out west the league should shut the hell up!  LETS GO RED WINGS!!

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:53 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

BTW no more hats after the "hat trick" also! I am sure the lint off the hats would cause some one to get injured!

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:30 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Never posted to any site before, but had to agree that this is the dumbest, really dumbest, post I've ever seen.  Shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:22 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Or just drop "the" before "an authority" and your second "I think" that occurs in the same sentence. 

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:17 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

the leafs, along with other teams, cannot wear white at home.  the standings look like a science formula that no one can figure out.  put teams in the south where no one gives a dam.  refuses to answer tough questions when being interviewed.  and now this.  bettman is a jackass who continues to ruin our sport and it's traditions.  he has to go!

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