Gordie Howe hat trick

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Pavel Datsyuk recognized on the Joe Louis Arena scoreboard for his Gordie Howe hat trick on October 8, 2010.

In ice hockey, a Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a variation on the hat-trick, wherein a player scores a goal, records an assist, and gets in a fight all in one game.[1] It is named after Gordie Howe, well known for his skill at both scoring and fighting.

The first known Gordie Howe hat trick was achieved by Hall of Famer Harry Cameron of the Toronto St. Pats on December 22, 1920.[2] The namesake of the achievement, Gordie Howe, achieved a Gordie Howe hat trick only twice in his NHL career. Howe got his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick on October 11, 1953 when he fought the Toronto Maple Leafs' Fernie Flaman, assisted on Red Kelly's goal, and scored his own. His second happened on March 21, 1954, once again versus the Maple Leafs. Howe scored the opening goal, assisted on two Ted Lindsay goals, and fought Ted "Teeder" Kennedy.[3]

According to the Society for International Hockey Research, the all-time leader in Gordie Howe Hat Tricks is Brendan Shanahan with 17, Rick Tocchet has 15 and Brian Sutter with 12. The active leader is Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche with 9.[4]

If you include regular season and playoffs Rick Tochett has the most Gordie Howe Hat Tricks as listed below with actual game box scores.

Both regular season and playoff GHHT's included in totals.

Rick Tocchet - 18

(5-Jan-85, 9-Mar-86, 16-Oct-86, 3-Jan-87, 15-Jan-87,4-Dec-88, 11-Nov-89, 23-Nov-90, 18-Feb-91, 17-Nov-92, 23-Nov-92, 23-Oct-93, 6-Nov-93, 22-Jan-95, 12-Oct-96, 19-Dec-97, 1-Apr-98, 16-Dec-00)

Brendan Shanahan - 17

(11-Feb-89, 10-Mar-90, 29-Mar-90, 21-Dec-91, 15-Feb-92, 26-Mar-92, 30-Mar-94, 25-Apr-95, 12-Dec-96,26-Mar-97, 9-Nov-97, 9-Feb-99, 21-Mar-99, 10-Oct-01, 1-Apr-02, 31-Dec-03, 30-Mar-06)

Brian Sutter - 17

(5-Apr-78, 16-Jan-79, 30-Jan-79, 9-Oct-79, 11-Apr-81,14-Apr-81, 30-Dec-81, 11-Apr-82, 16-Nov-82, 23-Dec-82, 12-Feb-83, 3-Jan-84, 18-Mar-84, 14-Oct-84, 4-Apr-85, 2-Nov-85, 26-Dec-85)

A double Gordie Howe hat trick occurred on January 10, 2012. Adam Henrique fought Jarome Iginla. Iginla recorded 1G, 2A while Henrique recorded 1G, 1A.[1] It happened previously on March 9, 2010. Fedor Tyutin fought Ryan Getzlaf and Tyutin recorded 1G, 2A while Getzlaf recorded 1G, 1A.[1]

A double Gordie Howe hat trick achieved by two players on the same team occurred on April 5, 2012 in a game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe of the Sharks both recorded 1G 1A and one fight each.[5]

A triple Gordie Howe hat trick occurred on November 14, 1992 in a game between Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. Tom Fitzgerald recorded 1G 1A,[6] Wayne Presley recorded 1G 2A,[7] Benoit Hogue recorded 2G 1A[8] and all three players recorded fights.

An unusual Gordie Howe hat trick that included a player's first NHL Goal occurred on November 19, 2014 when Steve Pinizzotto was called up by the Edmonton Oilers and he made his 2014-15 season debut against his previous team, the Vancouver Canucks. Coach's Corner Don Cherry and Ron McLean broadcast the replay of Pinizzotto's Gordie Howe Hat Trick along with multiple broadcasters.[9] [10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c Fox, Luke (January 11, 2012). "Fox on NHL: Greatest trick in the book". Sportsnet. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Duplacey, James; Zweig, Eric (2010). Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Firefly Books. p. 81. ISBN 1-55407-662-5. 
  3. ^ Going inside the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”
  4. ^ "Howe to Hat Trick". The Hockey News 65 (20): 14. 2012-03-16. ISSN 0018-3016. 
  5. ^ "Box score". ESPN. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Fitzgerald game log". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8450523&view=log&season=19921993
  8. ^ "Benoit Hogue game log". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "HNIC - Don Cherry Coach's Corner November 22, 2014". youtube.com. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  10. ^ "IN DEPTH: Persistent Pinizzotto". Edmonton Oilers. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  11. ^ "PINIZZOTTO GOES GORDIE HOWE IN 1ST GAME". Sportsnet. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Former Canuck Pinizzotto gets rare Howe hat trick". The Province. 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20.