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Someone threw a catfish on the ice during live play at the Bruins vs Predators game last night

While each NHL team and its fanbase have their own set of customs and traditions, the Predators have chosen a rather nautical (and pungent) pastime.

Nashville fans have been throwing catfish over the boards for years, taking a page from the Red Wings’ old habit of dropping Octopi onto the frozen sheet at Joe Louis Arena.

Sometimes all it takes is a simple heave onto the ice. At times, brave individuals, such as Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, chug a beer from a fish in front of a raucous crowd.

Whatever the ritual entails, the actual throw at Bridgestone Arena is usually reserved for pauses in play or before the puck drops.

It appears that Thursday’s game between the Bruins and Predators broke with tradition.
Because, with just over 10 seconds remaining in the second period, the Bruins had to weave past a deposited catfish during a power play rush.

Perhaps the Predators fan was getting restless as his team trailed, 4-0, after nearly 40 minutes of play.
Perhaps his smuggled cargo began to stink. Whatever the case, his howitzer of a throw didn’t do any harm as the final seconds ticked away.

Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman was unbothered by the ordeal as he helped lead the Bs to a 5-0 victory:

Swayman, who had his second shutout of the season, improved to 8-1-3 with a.937 save percentage in his last 12 starts.

Swayman has enjoyed his time between the pipes at Bridgestone Arena, despite the risk of being pelted by a river critter. Swayman is 2-0-0 with two shutouts in two career games against Nashville (71 saves on 71 shots).

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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