The ghost of Joe Louis Arena happy he won't have to put up with fishy octopus smell anymore

The Elbow staff

Image source:  Ken Lund

Image source: Ken Lund

DETROIT, MI – After enjoying nearly 40 years of Red Wings hockey at the Joe Louis Arena, the building's resident apparition has admitted that he will not miss the storied tradition of fans throwing octopi onto the ice.

In a candid interview with The Elbow, the spirit today admitted that he had become disgusted by the constant lingering fishy smell caused by the eight-legged sea creatures in his home.

"Every team eventually pays for its successes," he said. "We've had a lot of great times in this building, and a lot of long playoff runs."

"But the price we've paid is this repulsive, incessant fishy smell from rotting octopus carcass. Some people come into the building and refer to it as 'the smell of success', but to me it's just gross."

The apparition said that although he's going to be sad to lose his home when the arena is demolished later this year, it's probably for the best.

The ghost also announced that he would not be following the team to the new Little Caesars Arena. Instead, the ghost of Riley Sheahan's career has indicated his intention to haunt the new building for years to come. 

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