Fast Food Restaurant Changes Wing Recipe To Help Hockey Fans Get Free Fries

Naomi Kennedy

Free food is the best food -- especially when it's fresh, crispy french fries. But due to a particular team's poor start to the NHL season, a popular fast food restaurant has had to change an old-favorite promotion so that hockey fans have an easier time nabbing the sweet deal, ESPN reported.

For over a decade, Arby's has held a promotion in which fans of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings could receive a free order of curly fries if a Red Wings player scored a hat trick -- which is when an individual player scores three goals in a single game. Some participating restaurants required fans to show the box score of the previous night's game as proof. Others simply took their word, preparing the order upon customers saying that they were there for the "free Wings fries."

The promotion was wildly popular, being referenced by Red Wings announcers over the speakers after hat tricks. The fast food chain briefly switched the free treat from fries to sandwiches, but brought back the classic deal after fans "revolted."

The last few seasons have been unlike any other, with fans ready to indulge in the delectable treat while supporting their team. The Red Wings, unfortunately, haven't been much help this year.

This lack of hat tricks prompted Arby's to change their promotion this season, catering more to the strengths of the hockey team. As first noted on Twitter by Prashanth Iyer, a hockey analytics blogger, Arby's is now giving away their golden potato ringlets for any games in which the Red Wings score three or more goals as a team -- rather than when an individual player does so.