In the previous post, I commented on the thoroughly amusing and bizarre #ThrowTheSnake meme on Twitter. Naturally, such silly things might only live in the imaginations of creative hockey fans. That being said, it got me to thinking: what are some of the most notable traditions when it comes to people throwing debris onto the ice in the honor of goals, victories or their team in general?
To make sure I covered as many (though, by no means all) of the bases, I asked my blogging buddy Tapeleg. Besides being a treasure chest of hockey knowledge, I accompanied the man to a Texas Brahmas game and took part in a tradition in which fans threw rubber bulls (or, you know, Brahmas) onto the ice after the team scored a goal. Naturally, this moment – along with his extensive minor league experience – made me think to ask him for some suggestions. Our very own Joe Yerdon also was crucial in finding some of the oddball customs.
After the jump, I chronicle both traditional and totally odd things fans love to throw on the ice.
Here’s a brief collection of some of the quirky things hockey fans throw onto the ice – because sometimes, a hat just isn’t enough. Again, it would be almost unthinkable to be comprehensive with this, so please add your favorite omissions in the comments.
Detroit’s octopus: The gold standard in ice assaulting objects, the tradition originated when the Red Wings were going for their eighth championship. (Get it, an octopus has eight tentacles?) High marks for ingenuity there.
Florida’s rats: During the Panthers brief courtship with hockey relevance, fans would throw plastic rats after big goals. Fans also serenaded the Cinderella team with the imitation vermin after the team was swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals.
#ThrowTheSnake: Will this become the Twitter-mandated tradition for the Coyotes?
Fake corn on the cob: Tapeleg has seen it in action, in Laredo, TX. (See the photo from Tapeleg.)
Caps fans’ hat trick confusion: Twitter had a field day when Capitals fans threw hats on the ice after a player who had two regulation goals scored a shootout goal.
Teddy bears: Tapeleg points out this awesome, charity-fueled tradition.
Fish: Joe Yerdon points out that certain fans enjoy throwing fish onto the ice. Apparently it might be a Cornell tradition when the team plays against Harvard and University of North Hampshire fans enjoy doing it too.
Sex objects. Yes, sex objects: Apparently some OHL fans love puns even more than I do. They decided to throw sex objects on the ice in honor of Cory Pecker. And … I’m just going to leave the jokes to you on that one. Edit: Puck Daddy also has … more. *cough*
Also: Frisbees, bras, tennis balls, garbage cans and more: Finally, I’ll leave you with this awesome video “The Top 10 things thrown onto the ice” via Tapeleg. Again, big thanks to him and Joe for the suggestions.
It sounds like Sam Gagner may determine his destination for 2015-16 in the near future.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets are close to signing Gagner to a one-year, one-way deal. Such an agreement might not be made official until Monday, according to Portzline.
After a bumpy season with the Philadelphia Flyers in which he spent some time in the AHL, Gagner must especially appreciate the one-way nature of his next contract.
The Blue Jackets aren’t the only team interested in the 26-year-old, as his name was also connected to the Vancouver Canucks:
It looks like the still-quite-young scorer will get a clean slate after bouncing around and being defined by a bloated contract originally signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
(Remember when he broke one of Wayne Gretzky’s records?)
Gagner’s presence could make life easier for the likes of Boone Jenner:
It’s conceivable that Gagner could enjoy a nice rebound season if used in a specialized, protected role. The Blue Jackets may very well be the right fit.
… And on the other hand, the deficits in Gagner’s all-around game could at least provide some John Tortorella rage and entertainment.
The Mannheim Eagles announced that German forward Jochen Hecht is retiring from hockey.
(It’s OK to be a little bewildered that he was still playing, just don’t be too mean about it.)
Hecht played 833 regular season games and 59 playoff contests at the NHL level, making his greatest mark as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
His last bit of NHL action came in 2012-13, when he scored 14 points in 47 games for Buffalo.
Since then, he wrapped up his career with the Mannheim Eagles, a team he’s sporadically played for since 1994-95.
Honestly, it’s weird to see Hecht in any sweater not related to German’s national teams, the Eagles or Sabres, even though the Blues actually drafted him:
Then again, he could also look odd in a certain Sabres sweater.
Apparently he got the NHL 16 Hockey Ultimate Card treatment:
Plenty of Sabres fans and reporters fondly remember Hecht, so here’s to a nice career.
Sometimes you just need a reminder that a remarkable thing actually is happening.
Saturday presented the latest evidence that the NHL coming to Las Vegas isn’t just a collective fever dream, as the still-nameless franchise noted that they’ve begun the process to install ice at T-Mobile Arena for the first time.
It’s not the prettiest picture, but it means a lot:
While setting up the first sheet of ice is a physical sign that things are coming together, the front office side will dictate the sort of team that eventually plays on it.
For more insight into that process, Puck Daddy takes a look at Murray Craven, who appears to be a key part of bringing things together … even if it’s difficult to nail down a specific title.
From the Department of Sights You Can’t Un-see: the Milwaukee Admirals are going to unleash hockey-playing bobbleheads for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “this fall.”
The Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate continues the fine tradition of headline-grabbing and all-around-odd promotions from the league.
/Pours one out for the Bakersfield Condors and their Seinfeld “puffy” shirts.
Feast your eyes on the rather disturbing duo:
(The replies to that tweet aren’t too weird yet, but it would probably be wise to stay away nonetheless.)
Naturally, there are other bobblehead options available for the two Presidential front-runners, with the Trump ones being especially entertaining.