Throwback Thursday Top 10: Objects thrown on the ice
Fresh off collecting a hamburger thrown on the ice, Andrew Hammond (aka “The Hamburglar”) and the Ottawa Senators welcome the Boston Bruins for a pivotal showdown tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre. As a matter of fact, the Sens are promoting the recent “hamburger toss” by giving out hamuburglar masks to the first 10,000 fans in attendance.
In honor of that, this week’s Throwback Thursday Top 10 features the unique and bizarre objects thrown on the ice.
Speaking of the bizarre, we kick of the list with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, who last year promoted their first ever “Undie Sunday” day. Everything from underwear to baby diapers to socks and bras were thrown after were thrown after the Condors’ first goal.
Nearly 6,000 items were collected for charity, so it’s hard to discourage the Condors promoting a good cause.
Sometimes, promotional nights can come back to bite teams in a bad way. Case in point: a 1972 WHA game featuring the Philadelphia Blazers.
From The Hockey News’ Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists:
“One example of why giveaway nights should be held with bated breath. During the 1972 home opener for the short-lived Philadelphia Blazers franchise in the WHA, fans were handed orange pucks before the game. Unfortunately, before puck drop the Zamboni broke through the ice, causing the game to be cancelled. Fans began tossing the pucks onto the surface, scaring away officials who were trying to calm things down.”
8. Tennis Balls
The green ball is often a staple of the “Winter Carnival” weekend at Dartmouth College. Although the Big Green are assessed a two minute minor after scoring the first goal, this is one of the most underrated traditions in college hockey.
Another promotion went to waste in Abbotsford during a 2011 old timers hockey game. This time, at least fans waited until intermission to throw those frisbees during $2 frisbee night.
6. The bench
Prior to his two-year head coaching stint with the Boston Bruins, Robbie Ftorek was preparing the New Jersey Devils for a deep playoff run during the 1999-2000 season. But, in midst of a late season slump, Ftorek’s frustration got the best of him in a game against the Detroit Red Wings.
The irony in all of this? Ftorek was fired days later and the Devils, behind new coach Larry Robinson, captured their second Stanley Cup.
5. Plastic rats
During the 1995-96 season, Scott Mellanby killed a rat prior to the Florida Panthers’ home opener. He scored two goals that night.
Months later, the Panthers made an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final and a new tradition in Florida was born involving rats (thankfully of the plastic variety).
4. Stuffed animals
Let’s face it, everyone at one point in their life had their favorite stuffed animal during their childhood. The Calgary Hitmen of the WHL started a “teddy bear toss” night to benefit kids in need, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
3. Milk crates
Before there was two u’s, two k’s and two points, Tuukka Rask was known for an incident during his days in Providence. By now, the milk crate toss has a life of his own.
2. Hockey equipment
Sticks, gloves, even water bottles are included on this list. Whatever players find at the bench, it is subject to be thrown if things get really heated.
Beer bottles, souvenir cups and other types of debris are often thrown by fans to show their frustration toward a team, a result or even officiating. Maple Leafs fans took that a step further earlier this season when the showed their displeasure toward the hometown team by throwing their blue and white hockey sweaters on the Air Canada Centre ice.
Any type of fish
Consider me part of the minority here, but I don’t like it when octopi, salmon or any other underwater species is thrown on the ice. It makes the game more fishy than it needs to be.
As if any type of fish smells bad enough, this object thrown during a game between the Devils and Flyers in Philadelphia back in 2008 reeked of humanity. I feel nauseous even including this on the dishonorable mention list.
You can never go against picking a tradition that’s been going on for decades after a player scores a “hat trick” (that’s three goals in a game for those counting at home). Let the hats fly!