VIDEO: Windsor Red Wings Fan Not Banned After All
Windsor's Detroit Red Wings superfan kicked out of the home opener at Little Caesars Arena for throwing an octopus on the ice isn't facing a lifetime ban from the rink after all.
Nick Horvath says security staff escorting him from the arena told him he would be banned for life from Wings' games after the stunt.
Since the octopus landed on the ice on Thursday night, Horvath says he's been in contact with the team to clarify the situation. Horvath says team officials are welcoming him back to Little Caesars Arena and stressing he was never slapped with a ban.
He says the team is considering some form of compensation.
Horvath plans on selling off whatever the gift is to raise money for a US veterans charity.
"Now, I want to apologize firstly to the American national anthem, the American flag, the American military for doing it a little bit during the national anthem — that's my main regret."
Windsor's Nick Horvath was ticketed for throwing an octopus on the ice at Little Caesars Arena during a Detroit Red Wings game on October 5, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)
Horvath couldn't believe the reaction his octopus toss generated.
"Just unfortunate," says Horvath. "I didn't think it was going to blow up like that, I mean all weekend it just exploded. I feel bad for all the people that had to stick up for me for everything, people working around the clock and for nothing."
Horvath doesn't want to see the tradition of throwing octopus on the ice — dating back to 1952 — die off at the new arena.
"I hope it lives on and I'm happy I brought it to Little Caesars Arena, I'm happy there was another one too. Apparently there was four, I only [saw] two — I think it'll continue," says Horvath.
Horvath is eager to cheer on his team again, but says first he needs to clear up a misdemeanour ticket he got for throwing the Cephalopod onto the ice in Detroit.