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by George Malik on 05/13/11 at 07:20 AM ET
Of course, of course, on the day that the Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the man whose $500 ticket launched a t-shirt and an online phenomenon will get his day in court, as reported by WXYZ:
A Red Wing fan spent Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Jose Sharks preparing to go to court. Attorney David Gorcyca will represent Tom Balish of Canton in 36th District Court Friday morning.
Balish is the octopus throwing hockey fan who was ticketed and kicked out of one of the playoff games between the Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes after he tossed an octopus on the ice. It’s something fans have been doing for years. But security grabbed him and took him to lock-up, slapped him with a ticket and kicked him out of the game.
The ticket reads: “Above subject did throw an octopus onto the playing surface of a hockey game.” The fine is $500. He says no one warned him at the door when he showed several security guards the octopus in a clear bag.
It’s not unusual to see octopi thrown during a Wings playoff game. Balish’s was one of two thrown that night.
The NHL issued a statement to Action News about the incident.
“NHL security did not direct that this person be arrested or ejected. We do have a prohibition against throwing things to the ice surface since this may cause a delay in game or injury to players or others working on the ice surface,” said Frank Brown, Group Vice President of Media Relations.
No, you’ve managed to get the City of Detroit to fine people $500, applicable court costs, and charge them with disorderly conduct—which, as Gorcya notes in the clip below, is a misdemeanor—for throwing an octopus. It’s no longer a “prohibition”—it’s a law on the City of Detroit’s books.
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