Detroit Red Wings’ superfan Nick Horvath smuggled an octopus into Little Caesars Arena with the hope of claiming his place in history. Instead, he’s facing a lifetime ban.
Horvath and his buddies wrapped an octopus snugly around his stomach and concealed their secret cargo under a Gordie Howe all-star jersey ahead of the Wings’ home opener last week in the team’s new home. Every detail was carefully planned but everything went wrong when the eight-legged animal went airborne.
The octopus arched through the air and slid across the ice, eliciting a roar from the sellout crowd. The tossing of cephalopods has long been a popular pastime for Wings’ fans but it’s one officials frown upon. Horvath hardly had time to celebrate before security guards grabbed the back of his jersey and whisked him away.
“The crowd was going nuts,” said Horvath. “As they were escorting me out people were booing them, ‘Let him go!’ People were high-fiving me, giving me spanks on the butt, slaps on the butt … everyone loved it.”
Everyone, it turns out, except for staff at the Little Caesars Arena, who escorted him to police, where he was charged with a misdemeanour offence and told he wasn’t welcome back to the rink — ever.
“The two supervisors of security told me I’m done,” he said. “I think it’s very stiff. If they want to fine me I understand, if they wanted to ban me for a year … I can deal with that, but to get banned forever? That can’t happen.”
Fans have been throwing octopuses on the ice at Red Wings’ games for 65 years. The Legend of the Octopus began during the 1952 playoffs, when the creature’s eight wriggling appendages symbolized the number of wins necessary to capture the Stanley Cup.