Ice Hockey’s fishy tradition

Some sports or sports teams have strange traditions, but none more so than the University of New Hampshire (UNH) hockey team.

Whenever the UNH scores their first goal, a fish is thrown on the ice in celebration. It all began in the early 1970s – although finding the exact date is a different kettle of fish altogether.

“It goes back to when we were playing a Division II team, and our program had gone way past theirs. I remember [the UNH fans] threw out this little dinky thing and they called it a Division II fish. I guess they were trying to tell them they weren’t worthy of a first-rate fish,” former UNH assistant coach Bob Norton revealed.

In a recent match against Boston University, a UNH fan wanted to get in on the act, but as the clip below illustrates, it is safe to say he was like a fish out of water.

The fish in question appears to be a 25- to 30-pound carp, but it is safe to say fans used to pick their contributions more carefully. Or spent more time in the gym.

But perhaps this particular fan had other fish to fry…