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jeff in tucson

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Octopus on the ice
« on: January 28, 2016, 04:54:10 am »
Can someone tell me how this tradition came about?
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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2016, 07:37:34 am »
Back in the really old days it took 8 wins to win the Stanley Cup.

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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 09:07:49 am »
Back in the really old days it took 8 wins to win the Stanley Cup.

That's because the wooden skates would go dull.
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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2016, 12:05:21 pm »
Back in the really old days it took 8 wins to win the Stanley Cup.

http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=43781

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The octopus first made its appearance on April 15, 1952, during the Red Wings' Stanley Cup playoff run.

 Two Detroit brothers, Pete and Jerry Cusimano - storeowner's in Detroit's Eastern Market - threw the eight-legged cephalopod on the ice at Olympia Stadium. Each tentacle of the octopus was symbolic of a win in the playoffs. Back then, the NHL boasted only six teams, and eight wins (two best-of-seven series) were needed to win the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings swept the series that year, and the Octopus has come to be the good luck charm ever since.
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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2016, 05:41:41 pm »
So they why do the fans of teams with no chance of even going to the playoffs throw the octopus out there?
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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2016, 06:04:48 pm »
So they why do the fans of teams with no chance of even going to the playoffs throw the octopus out there?

Because they get blackout drunk, buy an octopus and bring it to a hockey game
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Re: Octopus on the ice
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2016, 07:07:44 pm »
Baby sharks are a common occurance on the ice in the southern states.  ;D
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