The Washington Capitals will be lacing up their skates for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Maryland turf ice next year, the Naval Academy announced on Sunday.
After Baltimore Business Journal‘s James Briggs gave him something of a dressing down yesterday morning, the previously anonymous Baltimorean who threw a crab onto the ice at the Baltimore Hockey Classic Tuesday night came forward.
22-year-old Ryan Henkin — who also confessed to doing the same thing in 2011 — defended his actions, which play off a Detroit tradition of throwing octopuses on the ice at Red Wings playoff games. He told Briggs in an email that his Detroit friends “all loved it.”
He did, however, concede that “preseason isn’t the ideal time for a seafood toss.” (Can someone who understands the Code of Hockey please explain to me what difference that makes?)
See, Baltimore. This is why we can’t have nice things. We invite the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins over to the Baltimore Arena for a nice, relaxing preseason hockey game, and what happens? Someone throws a crab onto the ice after a Capitals goal.
James Briggs at Baltimore Business Journal saw last night’s crab incident as a misguided take on the Detroit tradition of throwing octopuses (what?!) during Red Wings playoff games. While he approves of the octopus tossing, he offended by this instance of crab flinging. Apparently, marine animals are fair game at hockey matches so long as they have a history of “symbolism” in the sport and it’s not a preseason game.