A Call to Arms: Hockeytown Defends Octopus, Tradition

"Free the Octopi" graphic from The Production Line - head over to their site store to purchase (M Petrella / TPL)

Yesterday Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock announced that in fact star forward Henrik Zetterberg will travel with the team to Phoenix for games three and four. Zetterberg, who has been sidelined with what appears to be a knee injury due to his wearing a knee brace but with it being the playoffs and wanting to keep a tight lid on injuries it is still just speculation, will make the trip as Babcock announced; but he did not specify if Zetterberg will get the chance to play.

You would think that would be the biggest news of the day in Detroit when the team is on an off day in the mist of the playoffs; however, that did not even come close to being the biggest story of the day with not only the Hockeytown faithful but much of the mainstream media outlets …

So once again it looks like the National Hockey League is trying to crack down on the tradition of throwing Octopus in Detroit to the point of contacting the local law enforcement and telling them how they should do their job. Now the Wingnuts around the globe are taking it as a call to arms.

It is just hours before the second game in the opening round of the playoffs for Detroit and it will sure get interesting as octopi fly and tinfoil hats come out. Today at 1 p.m. EST the Red Wings will be taking on the Phoenix Coyotes on national television both in the US and in Canada as the game will be on NBC and CBC in the respective countries.

Does Detroit take a stand? Do they let the octopus fly?

As if the Wings fans were not fired up enough about it even some of the team has some choice words about it. A fan favorite in the Hockeytown three time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Chris Osgood as he calls out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:

Do you want to free the octopi?

If you do then you are in luck the guys over at The Production Line are as always on top of all things Red Wings hockey and have already created a t-shirt you can purchase to show your support of the long time (April 15, 1952) tradition for Hockeytown. The shirts wont be ready to ship until the 22nd as they were just created yesterday and need to be created yet; but you can order one here.

History was already made – now history will be banned…

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