It'll never be enforced.
OT: Octopus throwing
apparently the NHL officials were the driving force of all of it while local police and Red Wings officials (a ticket taker actually acknowledged it as he brought it in) haven't cared. he'll be made a martyr figure and be more than fine in the end but this is def NHL overstepping.
An octopus can feel pain and pleasure. While I enjoy the tradition, unless the octopus exits the ice unharmed (thrown through the air to land on a sheet of ice?), I must support the preventative measures. The enjoyment gleaned simply isn't worth the sacrifice.
Edit: I've just realized that dead octopuses can also be thrown. Oh well, I laughed at myself.
Are the octopi being thrown alive?
I can understand your position and would support the NHL if this was their reasoning. Although, the NHL says it poses a danger to the players from the residue/slime left over from the octopus. Which over 15 years of tossing them is obviously incorrect. Finally, I am nearly 100% certain all the octopus thrown are dead.
Wouldn't want those sharp blades to slip on all that residue.
They aren't throwing live octupi ffs.
Generally the octopi are boiled before taking them to the game....
Oh yeah...and Bettman is still an ass...
And think of the little octopus' kids! Think of the kids people!!
How exactly would one even go about sneaking a live octopus into the stadium?
But it should bring to mind your father's watch, a Vietnamese POW camp, and Christopher Walken.
guide here that goes through the cooking, lore and execution of the process
this guy said he didn't even hide it - carried it in a bag and security, etc, said nothing
Bettman continues to brutally murder everything good about the NHL
Has anyone here ever actually thrown an octopus onto the ice? I always wondered how people carried them in. Obvious answer would be a cooler, but that's not allowed these days.
Tentacles in places one generally does not want tentacles?
I love the Wings, and grew up loving them, but...wow. At some point that's just a little too much for me.
I also won't be putting a wolverine in my backseat on the way to a tailgate any time soon.
The Japanese would disagree with you.
They wrap it around their leg basically.
This video is completely full of win.
I laughed my ass off.
Coolest thing I've seen all week. I went to the Red WIngs/Hurricanes game in Raleigh last Wednesday and 3 octopi were thrown onto the ice even though we were down 3-0.
Well, unless you're planning on bringing them back home to cook, they are definitely getting flung.
I wonder if they taste better after they're stuffed down your shorts for a few hours?
Slow cooking with body warmth?
Ok, that's a good point.
are my new favorite people.
a thread similar to this in the fact that it has to do w/ Octopus throwing at wings game. I may be only 20 but i've seen enough wings playoff games to know the tradition of the octopus. I think that betman is doing this for the fact that it has gotten a little out of control. Now you see the octopus all the time during the regular season on the road and you see about 3 or 4 during a playoff game. It used to be 1 or 2 at the most during a game but it has gotten out of hand so i can sort of see where Betman is going with this one, even though it's a bit harsh.. I honestly don't think it matters, our wings fan base still has some crazies in it (which i love) that will throw the pie on the ice regardless. GO WINGS!!
I mean they still use this
My point is proven. That is clearly a live octopus.
Yea, and they sell plush toys of them as well. I took my daughter to her first playoff game last night and she wanted one. It cost me 30 bucks. They also sell t-shirts with him on it. If its really a problem they shouldn't be marketing it.
It's only a problem to tight assed executives who want to go about and ruin the sport.
No more octopus should be murdered for sport
Instead use them to make money!
No way on earth this ever gets enforced. The Red Wings take pride in their fans. While the individual may still be ejected if they get caught, their is no way that the DP is going to enforce this ridiculous rule. Gary Bettman seriously needs to be fired before he ruins the entire tradition of the NHL.
I just cant stand Bettman and what he's trying to do. but with the consussion movement, everyone (read: dumb people) sees him as a hero and making the sport safer. Get rid of Colin Campbell too. I seriously believe that the NHL Playoffs have become corrupt. NHL/Refs have an agenda and the Campbell Email debacle kinda proved that.
I couldn't agree more. Bettman needs to go. I can remember back in the 90's watching not just the Wings playoff series, but the overall NHL Playoffs. So much better hockey. Hitting was heavier, and games were more intense. Today's game seems too planned and pretty. Hockey shouldn't be a "pretty" space. And as I have said many times, officials today want to be a part of the game too much. We should not notice the impact of the officiating the way we do in professional sports. It's a shame the way the NHL has changed over the last 10 years.
I've heard about threats to ban octopi throwing many times before, the act of banning octopi throwing should be illegal, not the act of throwing octopi.
you may be right but I remember an octopus being thrown on the ice in the 80's against edmonton.
Or I am crazy and you are right.
Someone else further up said it has been going on since 1952.
Side note, upon reading your name I thought of this for some reason.
You are right, someone further up did say that, my bad for not reading the posts first.
You are one of a select few who even remember that movie or the title. One of my NCO's in the Corps used to call me Harry Crumb. When I tell people that I get the deer in headlights look.
Props to you, i would give you a pos vote but I dont have enough points to do so
This has been going on for many years, the eight legs of the octopus represented the 8 wins you needed to win the Stanley Cup back in the old days. It was never much of an issue until back in the 90's (?) at some point the people supporting the Florida panthers began to throw plastic rats on the ice, it became really annoying as they would throw hundrends of them out on the ice and the clean up would take many minutes of time away from the game. This was what started the NHL looking at banning things such as the octupus.
I found this.
EDIT: check out the score in the bottom right corner.
This is the background to the tradition.
Wow that 30 pounder was HUGE
Thank you for posting and providing background on a Detroit tradition
Bettman & Co. ban the throwing of hats after a hat trick.
I think it started when there were only 6 NHL teams and 4 made the playoffs, and you needed to win 8 games (2 series) to win the cup. That takes it back to the 60s at a minimum. It is truly one of the great traditions in hockey, and the origin of it is quite clever. To ban it is nuts. And I am not even a Red Wings fan.
You're exactly right. The first appearance of the octopus as a Red Wing symbol was 1952.
The NHL/Bettman are rediculous
I see what you did there.