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Old 04-16-2011, 08:43 PM   #11
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I don't care one way or the other about them throwing an octopus on the ice. I get that it's tradition so it's not surprising that it happens a lot. But, I have to agree with wingz in that creating a rule in the middle of a game is BS. At the very least they could have made an announcement that it would no longer be tolerated and that anyone who did it would be kicked out of the game. But even then it's a stretch.
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Technically it's been illegal to throw things on the playing area of a sporting event in Detroit for a long time. They just never enforced it before. Now the NHL told them they wanted it enforced. I don't blame them. What happens if somebody throws one and it hurts somebody? Guess who gets sued? The NHL. It just shows how stupid they are that it took them so long to stop it.
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Isn't there a board or something that has to vote on stuff like this?

And say what you want about the tradition. If ask me, hats are just as "dangerous" and they're still allowed with no penalty. And I love hockey, but the puck is dangerous. In fact, it has caused deaths ... that doesn't mean you find a new object to use.
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I'm just wondering exactly where one would buy an octopus and how much it costs. That should probably be added into the amount of money the Wings fan spent on the game. I'm all for having a good time, but I draw the line at flinging an octopus in any situation. lol
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Ya, they're pretty expensive these days, especially here in the Detroit area. But it's not like they're flinging the octopus from an upper bowl section. They've actually been permitted by staff to walk on down to the boards and toss it over, minimizing any type of "danger" on anyone in attendance.
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Isn't there a board or something that has to vote on stuff like this?

And say what you want about the tradition. If ask me, hats are just as "dangerous" and they're still allowed with no penalty. And I love hockey, but the puck is dangerous. In fact, it has caused deaths ... that doesn't mean you find a new object to use.
Vote on what? It's always been against the rules. Now they are just enforcing it.

As for hats, the average one is not 20 pounds.
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I just had this horrible image of being smacked in the back of the head with an octopus. Holy jeez, that's going to cause some nightmares.
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OT- I was talking to somebody at work the other day about hockey and we determined that in the U.S. Detroit is the only city where hockey is the No. 1 professional sport.
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Vote on what? It's always been against the rules. Now they are just enforcing it.

As for hats, the average one is not 20 pounds.
Tell me where it talks about being charged, having to go to court, incurring a $500 fine and being ejected from the game. This is taken directly from the NHL.com Rules section.

63.4 Objects Thrown on the Ice In the event that objects are thrown on the ice that interfere with the progress of the game, the Referee shall blow the whistle and stop the play and the puck shall be faced-off at a face-off spot in the zone nearest to the spot where play is stopped. When objects are thrown on the ice during a stoppage in play, including after the scoring of a goal, the Referee shall have announced over the public address system that any further occurrences will result in a bench minor penalty being assessed to the home Team. Articles thrown onto the ice following a special occasion (i.e. hat trick) will not result in a bench minor penalty being assessed. Refer also to Rule 53.6 when spectator interference occurs during a breakaway.

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I just had this horrible image of being smacked in the back of the head with an octopus. Holy jeez, that's going to cause some nightmares.
Haha, ya. That would hurt. But that's why I think staff in the area "allowed" them to walk on up to the board before flinging. So people like you don't have to worry.
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Actually it's city ordinance 38-5-4.
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