When it comes to sports, some traditions are slimier than others. The Red Wings’ Legend of the Octopus dates back to the 1952 playoffs, when Detroit fishmongers the Cusimano brothers tossed an octopus onto the ice at The Old Red Barn.
Each of the mollusc’s eight arms represented one of the playoff wins necessary for the Red Wings to bring home the Stanley Cup. These days, mascot Al the Octopus acts as enforcer from atop the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. So get those tentacles up, Red Wings fans—we’re repping Detroit history in super-soft style.