Gordie Howe hat trick

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Gordie Howe on an early Chex hockey card

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 Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, who is known as "Mr. Hockey", because he is considered the most well rounded hockey player of all time. Howe could both set up and score goals, but also do everything well from killing penalties, back checking, and even fighting, when necessary.

Incidences[edit]

The first known Gordie Howe hat trick was achieved by Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Cameron of the Toronto Arenas on December 26, 1917 in a 7–5 win against the Montreal Canadiens. [2]

Multiples[edit]

A multiple Gordie Howe hat trick, involving two players who each scored a goal and got and assist and then fought each other, has occurred on two occasions:

On April 9, 1981, during a play-off game between the Minnesota North Stars and the Boston Bruins, Bryan Maxwell and Bobby Smith of the Minnesota North Stars and Brad Park of the Boston Bruins all got Gordie Howe Hat Tricks. Smith and Park fought each other. [4][5] Park also scored one goal and three assists. The North Stars won the game 9–6.

Debut Variations[edit]

A 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. The replay of Pinizzotto's Gordie Howe Hat Trick was broadcast on Coach's Corner, along with several other broadcasters. [6][7][8][9]

On December 29, 2018, Tyler Lewington of the Washington Capitals, playing in just his second career NHL game, against the Ottawa Senators, became the only player to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick with all three components being NHL career firsts, including his first assist on a goal by Tom Wilson and his first fight against Zack Smith.[10]

Leaders[edit]

Ironically, although he played 2,421 professional hockey games, (more than any other player), Gordie Howe himself only achieved two "Gordie Howe hat tricks" in his NHL career.

According to the Society for International Hockey Research, the all-time leader in regular season Gordie Howe hat tricks is Rick Tocchet with 18. Tied for second are Brendan Shanahan (who would later become the NHL's chief disciplinarian) and Brian Sutter, with 17. The active leaders are Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara and Sharks forward Joe Thornton with five.

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.[citation needed]

Both regular season and playoff GHHTs included in totals.[citation needed]

Player Number Date
Rick Tocchet 18[11] 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[12] 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[13] 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. ^ Shea, Kevin; Wilson, Jason (2016). The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 9780771079290.
  3. ^ Going inside the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”
  4. ^ "Flyers History - Philadelphia Flyer Game Summary". www.flyershistory.com. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  5. ^ "Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Season in Review; 1980-81". gordie-howe-hat-trick.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  6. ^ "HNIC - Don Cherry Coach's Corner November 22, 2014". youtube.com. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  7. ^ "IN DEPTH: Persistent Pinizzotto". Edmonton Oilers. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-11-23. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "PINIZZOTTO GOES GORDIE HOWE IN 1ST GAME". Sportsnet. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-19. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Former Canuck Pinizzotto gets rare Howe hat trick". The Province. 2014-11-20. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-11-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "Washington Capitals hold on to beat slumping Ottawa Senators". sportsnet.ca. December 29, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Career GHHTs: Rick Tocchet". gordie-howe-hat-trick.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  12. ^ "Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Career GHHTs: Brendan Shanahan". gordie-howe-hat-trick.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  13. ^ "Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Career GHHTs: Brian Sutter". gordie-howe-hat-trick.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-28.