The Ducks will be without No. 1 goalie John Gibson as they play to save their season Monday in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Gibson, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Predators, expressed hope he would be healthy enough to start in net and partook in morning skate Monday, lending to some optimism he would be given the green light.
So much, in fact, that Tennesseeans won’t be permitted to purchase the bottom-feeding fish.
You have to show ID if you want to buy catfish here, co-owner Jim Wholey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. If you’re from Tennessee, we’re not selling it to you.
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Predators fans have been throwing catfish on the ice since 2003, a tradition inspired by Red Wings fans who toss octopi at Detroit games. However, Wholey’s had also refused to sell octopi to Red Wings fans when their team played the Penguins in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009. While they hate to turn away paying customers, the fish market intends to keep that tradition alive.
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Like I said in 2008, this is for eating, not throwing, co-owner Dan Wholey told the Tribune-Review. Catfish are delicious, and we’re going to eat them before, during and after we beat the Predators.