Guys, i heard some Avs fans saying that we (wings fan) are freaks cuz we throw octopus on the ice. That part is true-we're all freaks, but the part that bothered me was that some Avs fans thought it was cuz someone on the team would get a hat trick. SO heres a readers digest version of the tradition:
Way back when the NHL still only had 6 teams, there were only 2 rounds in the playoffs. Well, one year, the wings swept both rounds of the playoffs and won it in 8 games. Some psycho wings fan who owned a seafood market/shop brought an octopus to the 8th game and threw it on the ice when they won the cup in 8 games. The tradition continues....but now we just do it cuz we're freaks.
Now If you wanna see a retarded tradition, go to a predators game and watch them throw catfish on the ice.....just for fun.
Thanks for the info but I've never heard of an Avalanche fan that believed such a tradition was because of a hat trick. The Avalanche faithfull are generally well informed regarding Detroit's original six origins as they continue to bring it up and we've seen the Octopuss every year.
It may not be thrown out onto the ice after a hat trick, but maybe that's how it should be done, as it seems like Wings fans throw out the octipi too liberally. Why not make the tradition meaningful, instead of making it a gimmick, by throwing it out in the first period, after nothing special just happened. I've even seen it thrown out after the first stoppage in play a couple times, that's just plain impatient.
In SJ's first ever playoff series, an octopus was on the ice before the start of the game in Detroit. A Shark (I believe it was Jamie Baker) calmly skated by the 8-legged sea creature and hacked a few of its legs off with his stick.
SJ won both that game and the series.
Perhaps the way to take the magic out of the octopus is to slice it into bits?