Part of hockey terminology is the Gordie Howe hat trick which is a goal, an assist and a fight. As I noted on Twitter mid-day on Tuesday, I have always found the term odd since Gordie Howe actually registered only two of these in is career spanning 2400+ games. But that is a story for another blog, this Carolina Hurricanes blog will instead offer ideas for similar three-part hat tricks for Canes players. I will keep the basic goal which means coming up with two other things unique to each player.
Dougie Hamilton hat trick
A goal, an exuberant celebration with one of the kids (Svechnikov, Necas, Foegele, etc.) and an intermission interview minus some portion of his hockey clothing.
Andrei Svechnikov hat trick
A goal, a thunderous check and an Erik Cole-like power move to the net whether it nets a goal or not.
Jordan Martinook hat trick
A goal, running someone on the end boards to lift the bench at a time when they seem to need an energy boost and a Marty party hugging various teammates in the locker room after the game.
Brett Pesce hat trick
A goal and two stellar defensive plays he makes look so simple that they are non-exciting such that most people either miss them or do not remember them after the game ends.
Petr Mrazek hat trick
A shutout, an emphatic celebration as time expires and an energetic first star interview with the crowd chanting Petr! Petr!
Jordan Staal hat trick
A goal, another face-off win and lugging the puck all the way from the defensive zone through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone late in a game with a one-goal lead when the Canes desperately need to relieve pressure.
Warren Foegele hat trick
A goal, a shift where he hounds the puck in at least three different places on the ice starting on the forecheck, and finishing by antagonizing the opposing goalie to the point where the goalie lashes out.
Trevor van Riemsdyk hat trick
A goal, a play where he astutely bails out his partner by knowing where to be to support the puck either defensively or advancing up the ice with the puck and a shift where his third pairing looks know different than a top pairing when they get caught on the ice against another team’s top line.
Erik Haula hat trick
A goal, an entire power play shift parked at the top of the crease and a shift where he quietly reads/reacts behind the forecheck such that nothing exciting happens at all despite the fact that both Martin Necas and Ryan Dzingel pinned their ears back to forecheck deep in the offensive zone and the opponent managed to get the puck behind them entering the neutral zone.
Lucas Wallmark hat trick
A goal, a heady defensive play in front of the net and a shift where he looks like a poor man’s Jordan Staal matching up against a scoring line and not looking like he is in over his head.
What say you Canes fans?
If my count is correct, I did 10 of 21 players on the roster and left numerous good ones including Aho, Teravainen, Slavin, Necas and others. Who wants to do a couple of the others? Who has suggested additions or changes to the ones I did?