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03-31-2006, 12:11 PM
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Squid and Fish

Why do the Wings fans like to throw them on the ice? What is the backstory? And what do you guys think of it? I personally hate it, very disrespectful to our home ice. If I ever saw someone do it I would not be a happy camper.

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the catfish is a Nashville thing.

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Why?

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it's an octopus.

The very first octopus landed on the ice during the Red Wings' 1952 Stanley Cup run. You should know that an octopus has eight tentacles. In those days it took eight playoff wins to claim the Cup, hence the symbolism of the gesture.

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Nice, you just taught me something. Feel good about yourself.

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Why?
The catfish started during our playoff run, just as a way to counteract the octopus. At that time the "clean-up Nashville" group had tiled catfish statues around town, I don't know why, but they've been replaced with tiled guitars.

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Do the people that throw them get in trouble? When Wings fans do it, do people just stand around and watch them run away?

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yes, they get escorted out of the building.

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I've always wondered about the catfish, but I remember those statues (actually took pictures of about 10 of them while checking out the area before moving here - loved the Preds one in front of the GEC) and now that makes some sense.

Last night was disturbing however when people were throwing catfish onto the ice DURING play in the third period. That's unacceptable. No one should throw anything onto the ice during play, period.

I can live with the "tradition" of throwing the catfish onto the ice during a STOPPAGE in play, maybe it'll even grow on me. But anyone who throws something onto the ice DURING play should not only be escourted out of the building, but also face supplementary disclipine up to and including arrest.

Just my two cents...

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I've always wondered about the catfish, but I remember those statues (actually took pictures of about 10 of them while checking out the area before moving here - loved the Preds one in front of the GEC) and now that makes some sense.

Last night was disturbing however when people were throwing catfish onto the ice DURING play in the third period. That's unacceptable. No one should throw anything onto the ice during play, period.

I can live with the "tradition" of throwing the catfish onto the ice during a STOPPAGE in play, maybe it'll even grow on me. But anyone who throws something onto the ice DURING play should not only be escourted out of the building, but also face supplementary disclipine up to and including arrest.

Just my two cents...
it happened during the last tv timeout unless someone recorded the game can capture and post it onto a site

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There were two separate occasions when the fish were thrown onto the ice. The first was the "big" one with a bunch of fish thrown near the Predators' blueline during a TV timeout, but the second time was later in the period. Behind the play two catfish were thrown onto the ice near the Detroit blueline. I remember Schneider was out there and skated right by them on his way back into the zone. Play was eventually stopped on an offsides and the ice crew came out and quickly scooped the fish up.

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it happened during the last tv timeout unless someone recorded the game can capture and post it onto a site
Just watched my tape of the game and two fish were thrown onto the ice with approximately 2:20 remaining. It was during play and it was Kronwall that skated by the fish, not Schneider. The Predators take a shot on goal and the whistle blows with 2:10 remaining when Legace freezes the puck. Pete and Terry mention the fish and make some jokes about ice fishing. There is even footage of the fish on the ice and you can also see the ice crew coming out to remove the fish as well. If you have a copy of the game, take a look...I wasn't seeing things.

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