Since the 2003 playoffs, Predators fans have been putting their own southern twist on a long-standing northern tradition. The tradition started in Detroit, where Red Wings fans would throw octopi onto the ice to get the arena riled up. Years ago, Predators fans started their own version of the move, by throwing a catfish onto the ice. In the last few years, and especially in last year’s playoffs, the catfish toss has caught fire.
Even Tennessee Titans players got in on the action.
You couldn’t go a game in Bridgestone Arena without seeing a catfish fly onto the ice, someone wearing some type of catfish shirt, or even a catfish costume.
The phenomena even made its way to Pittsburgh, as one fan threw a fish onto the ice at PPG Paints Arena. It wasn’t as well received though, as the man was charged with possessing an instrument of crime, disrupting a meeting, and disorderly conduct.
The catfish toss has slowed this regular season, however, it will surely reemerge in a few weeks time.