If people want to refer to the NFL as the “No Fun League,” they should probably be fair and start calling the NHL the “No Happiness League.” For whatever reason, NHL officials have decided to crack down on traditions during the 2011 NHL Playoffs. First, the league asked the Detroit Red Wings to see to it that their fans stop doing the octopus toss, a nearly 50-year-old tradition. According to Puck Daddy, the NHL has now asked the Vancouver Canucks to tell the Green Men to stop screwing around near the opponents’ penalty box during games.
Of the four major U.S. sports, it’s no secret that the NHL is the least popular. That being the case, why is it that the NHL is trying to squash harmless traditions and tone down some of its most devoted fans? According to the league, the issue with the Green Men is liability. If they were to get hurt doing handstands up against the glass the NHL could conceivably find themselves in hot water.