Olympia Stadium, 1952
The first octopus tossed onto the ice.
A tradition was born when two brothers tossed an octopus onto the ice to symbolize the eight playoff wins needed for the Detroit Red Wings (or anyone else) to win the Stanley Cup. With the expanded playoffs, they really need some sort of beast with 16 suctioning limbs. You know, like an owner with his hands in every taxpayer's pocket while seeking a new $500 million facility.