What is it about hockey fans throwing dead animals (or parts thereof) onto the ice?
A fan of the Manitoba Junior League’s OCN Blizzard tossed a moose leg onto the ice following a playoff victory over the Dauphin Kings on Monday night. Don’t worry, it’s not as disgusting as it sounds. The hardcore supporter merely tossed the lower part of the leg with the hoof still attached. It’s doubtful the spectators were disturbed by the sight. This is, after all, Northern Manitoba, where hunting, fishing and trapping is a way of life. I doubt very much PETA has even been alerted. And if they were, they would likely respond with a great big “whatever.”
Tossing a dead octopus onto the ice has long been a playoff tradition in Detroit, although a league security crackdown has effectively halted that sillyness. Just try sneaking a dead sea creature past arena security and see how far you get.
Security is much more lax in the Manitoba League. Heck, you could probably smuggle an entire moose into the arena in The Pas. And a few fans probably have a fresh kill in the back of their pickup trucks should the mood strike.
While city slickers react in horror to a moose leg being thrown onto the ice, folks in Western Canada are wondering what the big deal is. Apparently, tossing moose legs onto the ice has been done before at various levels of hockey, and will continue to be done in the future.
Just call it a Western thang.