Ndamukong Suh embraces Detroit tradition at Joe Louis Arena

Posted May 23, 2013

Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford and other Lions showed support for the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Thursday night

Ndamukong SuhDT Ndamukong Suh rides the Zamboni at Thursday's Red Wings game. (Photo: Dan Mannes/DRW)

Ndamukong Suh has been to at least one Red Wings game a year since he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010.

Now he can add Zamboni riding to his hockey resume.

Suh became the first celebrity Zamboni rider Friday night at Joe Louis Arena as the Wings skated their way to a 3-1 lead over Chicago in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Growing up in Portland, Suh used to skate at a rink by his home and -- since a young age -- wanted to ride the Zamboni.

What better place than the Joe?

"The atmosphere at Red Wings games are similar to ours," said Suh. "Fans are great and really get involved -- there is nothing like a Detroit sports fan."

As a soccer player, Suh developed a respect and appreciation for ice hockey because the movements are similar, even though one is on ice and the other on grass.

But he couldn't have developed an appreciation for the Detroit hockey culture like he did Friday night.

Ndamukong SuhNdamukong Suh tweeted, "My boy Al taught me a little @DetroitRedWings tradition!!! #octopihockeytown"

Behind the scenes following his Zamboni ride, Suh even got up close and personal with an octopus -- seeing firsthand the longstanding tradition in Detroit to throw one onto the ice during big games.

"The atmosphere at Joe Louis Arena is close knit and authentic," said Suh. "There's nothing like Ford Field, but the Joe does come close!"