I think if people start doing things like that, they'll start cracking down on 'pi throwing and it will ruin the fun for us all
Hmmm, this thread got me thinking... what if fans threw an octopus onto the ice after the Red Wings had iced the puck and clearly needed a break? What would the referees do if it was obviously a ploy to rest the players?
I remember how many times the NBC commentator would credit a player with a "wily veteran move" to buy his linemates some extra time... wonder if they'd give the same credit to fans.
ETA: I know that there's a provision that allows the referee to assess a delay of game penalty to the home team if fans obviously are interfering, but I don't remember ever seeing that happen. I'm curious how it would be handled.
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