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Playoffs in Detroit 'the best time of year'

Originally Published: April 12, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The folks at Superior Fish Company recommend a tasty smoked octopus dip made with cream cheese.

"It's really nice," co-owner Kevin Dean said.

Octopus dip? Maybe in Los Angeles or Chicago or even Atlanta. But in Detroit the only good use of an octopus is heaving it onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena during a Red Wings playoff run.

Think of it as a rite of spring.

Back in the day, when NHL games were actually played at the arena known simply as The Joe, the ...

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