Hockey 101: Hat Trick


Each week we will be taking a look at the rules and regulations of this great game that we call hockey.

Hat Trick

In hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a game. The origin of the hat trick dates back 1858 and the sport of cricket. Bowler H.H. Stephenson took three wickets in three balls at the Hyde Park ground in Sheffield. As was customary at the time for great plays, a collection was passed around in appreciation. The following day he was presented with a cap or hat that was bought with the proceeds.

After a hat trick is achieved in hockey, fans toss their hats onto the ice to commemorate the occasion. So make sure, if you are at a Devils game and a player scores three goals, you throw your hat onto the ice to show your appreciation.

Other variations of the hat trick include

  • Natural hat trick – scoring three goals in succession with no one scoring in between
  • Gordie Howe hat trick – registering a goal, an assist and a fight — something its namesake did regularly
  • Texas hat trick – scoring four goals in a game — because everything is bigger in Texas


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