The rats can still fly - when appropriate - at Florida Panthers hockey games. They just won't be for sale there anymore.
And the team says opposing fans are to blame.
Florida announced Monday it will no longer sell the plastic toys for $5 apiece at BankAtlantic Center, starting immediately. The reason: Fans are throwing them at the wrong times.
''This is a result of visiting fans throwing rats on the ice during the game,'' Panthers President Michael Yormark wrote on Twitter.
By the way, the plastic rats aren't facing extinction. They're still for sale at the team's practice facility, a few miles from where they play home games.
''It's a tradition here,'' Panthers center Stephen Weiss said.
It's all a nod to the 1995-96 season, when Florida went to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers encourage fans to toss the toys after victories, and hundreds of them dotted the ice surface after the Panthers' most recent win.
The so-called ''Rat Trick'' started when Scott Mellanby used his ...