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On October 8, 1995, the Florida Panthers were set to play their season opener.
The team was preparing in their dressing room when a rat entered. Scott Mellanby reacted by grabbing a stick and shooting the rodent across the room, killing it. That night, Mellanby went on to score two goals. Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck coined the term "rat trick."
It started with one plastic rat thrown on the ice the next night, then a few more as games went on.
Before long, hundreds of rats were being tossed after every goal. It got so out of control that the NHL made a rule for the next season that a home team could get a penalty if there fan's delayed the game like that.
It took a break in the near decade of the Panthers being a horrible team, but with their success this year, the rat could be making a triumphant return soon.