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The Detroit Red Wings Octopus Toss: History and Process

Published by on May 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The tradition of throwing octopi onto the ice surface is unique only to Detroit and the Detroit Red Wings.

Many other teams have tried to create similar traditions, such as fans in Nashville throwing catfish on the ice, but none have come close to the fame and notoriety of the octopus toss.

This tradition began in the 1952 NHL Playoffs, when it took eight wins to win the Stanley Cup. During the first game of the playoffs, a local Detroit fish market owner, Peter Cusimano threw the eight legged creature from the stands onto the ice at Olympia Stadium.

Each leg of the o...

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