Dispatch from The Chicago Tribune, January 10, 1964:
The Boston Bruins divided a National Hockey League ‘double header’ with the New York Rangers tonight. They lost the game, 5 to 3, but Boston fans established a league record for missile throwing — an alligator.
The reptile, a live foot-long ’gator, was pitched to the ice from the upper balcony of the Boston Garden. The Bruins, who are in last place in the hockey standings, are now in first place in the missile department. They replace Detroit which held first place for three years with octopi. Chicago is in third place with a combination of dead fish and live rabbits, and Montreal follows with bras.