Detroit hockey fan throws octopus for luck

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A Detroit Red Wings ice hockey match was brought to a standstill after a fan threw an octopus onto the ice to wish her squad good luck.

The woman was taking part in a 60-year-old tradition known as the Legend of the Octopus which has Red Wings fans throwing the cephalopods in hopes they will win the coveted Stanley Cup.

In a video fan Ashley Rini can be seen pulling the eight-legged carcass from her backpack and tossing it square into the rink.

"First Red wings game & I threw an octopus on the ice!!" Rini captioned the video shot on Thursday night.

The weird tradition has become so popular that during a 1995 match fans threw 36 octopuses onto the ice while other teams have tried their luck throwing rubber snakes, sharks and catfish.