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:

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.[4]

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,[5] Wayne Presley recorded 1G 2A,[6] Benoit Hogue recorded 2G 1A[7] 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.[8] [9][10][11]

Leaders[edit]

According to the Society for International Hockey Research, the all-time leader in regular season 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.[12]

If one were to include regular season and playoffs, Tocchet 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.

Player Number Date
Rick Tocchet 18 January 5, 1985
March 9, 1986
October 16, 1986
January 3, 1987
January 15, 1987
December 4, 1988
November 11, 1989
November 23, 1990
February 18, 1991
November 17, 1992
November 23, 1992
October 23, 1993
November 6, 1993
January 22, 1995
October 12, 1996
December 19, 1997
April 1, 1998
December 16, 2000
Brendan Shanahan 17 February 11, 1989
March 10, 1990
March 29, 1990
December 21, 1991
February 15, 1992
March 26, 1992
March 30, 1994
April 25, 1995
December 12, 1996
March 26, 1997
November 9, 1997
February 9, 1999
March 21, 1999
October 10, 2001
April 1, 2002
December 31, 2003
March 30, 2006
Brian Sutter 17 April 6, 1978
January 16, 1979
January 30, 1979
October 9, 1979
April 11, 1981
April 14, 1981
December 30, 1981
April 11, 1982
November 16, 1982
December 23, 1982
February 12, 1983
January 3, 1984
March 18, 1984
October 14, 1984
April 4, 1985
November 2, 1985
December 26, 1985

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Box score". ESPN. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Fitzgerald game log". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8450523&view=log&season=19921993
  7. ^ "Benoit Hogue game log". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "HNIC - Don Cherry Coach's Corner November 22, 2014". youtube.com. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  9. ^ "IN DEPTH: Persistent Pinizzotto". Edmonton Oilers. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  10. ^ "PINIZZOTTO GOES GORDIE HOWE IN 1ST GAME". Sportsnet. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Former Canuck Pinizzotto gets rare Howe hat trick". The Province. 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Howe to Hat Trick". The Hockey News 65 (20): 14. 2012-03-16. ISSN 0018-3016.