Go Red Wings!

My youngest daughter, along with her aunt, my sister-in-law, had the opportunity to attend the May 20th playoff game at Joe Louis arena. Note the octopus!

My youngest daughter, along with her aunt, my sister-in-law, had the opportunity to attend the May 20th playoff game at Joe Louis arena. Note the octopus!

Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for continuing their playoff run. Game 4 of the Wings’ series against the Blackhawks takes place Thursday, May 23 at Joe Louis Arena. So far, Detroit leads the series, 2-1. If you’ve ever been at a Red Wings game or if you’ve ever watched one on TV, you may have seen people throwing sea creatures onto the ice. Why you ask? Detroit is not on the ocean and I don’t believe there are any octopus in the Detroit River. It’s an old tradition/good luck charm dating back to the time the first octopus landed on the ice during the Red Wings’ 1952 Stanley Cup run, started by fish market owners Pete and Jerry Cusimano. Since in those days it took eight playoff wins to gain the Cup, the eight-tentacles of the octopus represented that success. The Red Wings swept the 1952 semifinal and the final in straight games, securing the octopus a place in the history books as a good luck charm. Let’s hope the run continues! Good luck Red Wings!

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