A Nashville Predators fan kept one of the team’s traditions alive in Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks by tossing a catfish on the ice.
There’s nothing like playoff hockey and there’s nothing like hockey traditions.
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Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the national anthem, fans of all teams throw their hats on the ice when a player scores three goals and records a hat trick and Detroit Red Wings fans have a long and storied history of throwing octopus on the ice.
But one tradition you may not know about is Nashville Predators fans throw catfish on the ice?
The tradition was born in response to Red Wings fans throwing octopus and the first occurrence of a catfish being thrown on the playing surface was against the Wings in a game in 2002.
It’s something PETA wishes they wouldn’t do, but it’s a part of the team’s history and is showed up on Wednesday night with the Predators back in the postseason and hosting the Blackhawks. Check out this awesome video of Ally Lifsey chucking the fish on the ice in super slo-mo.
The Predators had to be inspired by the catfish toss because they took a 3-0 lead on 12 shots and chased Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford after the first period.
Unfortunately, the Predators needed more than a lucky catfish to maintain their lead because they gave up three unanswered goals in the second period before falling to the Blackhawks in overtime.
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