Show Sports April 18, 2011
Red Wings Fan Fined For Throwing Octopus

Sadly, it looks like we're losing one of the great traditions of hockey. And we're not talking about hockey in Phoenix. We mean the tradition of throwing an octopus on the ice in Detroit.

Fans in the motor city started doing it nearly 60 years ago, back when it took only 8 victories to win the Stanley Cup. Get it? Eight legs, eight victories. Well now, that tradition is under attack.

Over the weekend in Detroit, a fan was fined $500 for throwing an octopus on the ice. And to make things worse, police apparently acted at the request of the NHL. It's not the first time, though. Back in 2008, the NHL threatened to fine the Wings ten grand if an arena worker twirled an octopus above his head.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said opposing teams had complained about the "gunk" that flew off the octopus...



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