Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Career GHHTs: Al Secord

Al Secord had ten career Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  Surprisingly, none during the 1981-82 season, when he racked up 44 goals and 303 PIM.  The only player in NHL history to have a 40/300 season.  Secord had his best years playing alongside Denis Savard in the early 1980s.  Secord followed up his 44 goal season with 54 the following year.  Of Secord's 10 GHHTs, all during the regular season, three times he fought multiple times , including three times in a game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in another game, both of the Bruise Brothers of the Detroit Red Wings, Joey Kocur and Bob Probert.  Secord may also be the only player to record a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in his final regular season NHL game.

11979-04-05BosBufL1127Larry PlayfairGAF
21981-01-21CBHMtlW2137Chris NilanAGF
31983-02-01CBH@StlW2135Alain VigneaultFAG
41984-04-08CBHMnsW11210Gordie RobertsAFG
51984-10-24CBHVanW11227Ron Delorme, Craig CoxeFAG
61984-12-09CBHTorW11215Jeff Brubaker, Gary Nylund, Bob McGillFAG
71986-01-10CBH@DetW12320Joey Kocur, Bob ProbertGAF
81986-02-01CBH@TorW1125Bob McGillAFG
91988-12-12TorCgyT2135Tim HunterAFG
101990-04-01CBHMnsW11220Basil McRae, Neil WilkinsonAFG

Friday, July 1, 2016

Career GHHTs: Gerad Gallant

  Gerald Gallant was a tough customer who was the early guardian of a young Steve Yzerman.  Gerald had four consecutive 30+ goal and 200+ PIM seasons playing alongside Yzerman in the late 1980s.  Gallant's career was stunted by back injuries, which eventually caused him to retire.  Over his career, Gallant had nine Gordie Howe Hat Tricks, including one in the 1988 play-offs.  He had three during the 1988-89 season.  
  Others that have researched Gordie Howe Hat Tricks have come up 10 GHHTs for Gerald Gallant.  They do not list them.  I could only come up with nine.  The game I believe they may be counting is November 25, 1987.  In that game versus the Jets, Gallant scored a goal, an assist and a roughing minor vs Doug Smail.  The website DropYourGloves.com has it listed as a fight.  While HockeyFights.com doesn't list it all.  Based on my research, there was no fighting major accessed, so technically, this is not counted as a GHHT.

1985-11-02Det@StlT1235Mark ReedsGAF
1986-12-31DetCalW1127Gary SuterGFA
1987-02-20DetQueW12315Gord DonnellyAFG
1987-10-23DetPitW1129Rod Bukas?
1988-01-15DetMnsW1127Gordie RobertsFAG
1988-04-10Det@TorW1237Todd GillFAG
1988-11-01DetWshT1127Robert GouldFGA
1988-11-29DetNYIW1347Jeff NortonAFG
1989-02-11DetMnsW1127Bob RouseGAF

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Season in Review: 2015-16

  2015-16 was a slow season for Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  There were a total of seven.  The previous low total I had researched was 10 in 2012-13, a lock-out shortened season..  Compared to 2014-15, fights per game was down to 0.28 from 0.32 and goals per game down to 2.71 from 2.73.  So this was more a case of the stars not aligning for the GHHTs this year.  Of note, Chris Neil notched his fourth career GHHT while playing in 900th career game.  Alex Petrovic recorded a pair of Hat Tricks on February 9, 2006.  One was the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, another was for fighting the same opponent, Evander Kane, three times during the same game.

1Chris Neil36RW2015-10-22OTTNJDL-SO11274AGFJordin Tootoo
2Justin Abdelkader28LW2015-12-01DETBUFW21371GAFJosh Gorges
3David Backes31C2015-12-12STLDALW11251GFAJamie Benn
4Alex Petrovic23D2016-02-09FLA@BUFW112291FAGEvander Kane (x3)
5Antoine Roussel26LW2016-02-20DALBOSL11251GAFAdam McQuaid
6Sergey Kalinin24C2016-02-23NJDNYRW11251AFGJ.T. Miller
7Brent Burns30D2016-03-07SJS@CGYW11292GFAGarnet Hathaway

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Career GHHTs: Larry Robinson

  Larry Robinson was not a prolific fighter, but he was a feared man.  He built his reputation on bouts with Dave "The Hammer" Schultz and Gary Howatt during his second season.  Robinson, at 6'3, 200lbs, was a big man by 1970s standards but he also had skill.  Robinson would win two Norris trophies and be a 1st or 2nd Team All-Star six times.  He set a NHL record with a +/- rating of +120 in 1976-77.  Robinson, a HHOFer, would only rack up two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks during his career.  His reputation as a fighter, and value on the ice, would keep his gloves on and Larry out of the sin bin. 

RkDateTm OppGAPTSPIMOrderOpponent
115/2/74MtlChc12314FGAGrant Mulvey
214/2/81MtlWsh12317AGFAlan Hangsleben

  In a way it strange that we profile Larry Robinson, not because of his low GHHT count, but since it can be argued that there would have been many more GHHTs if it wasn't for Larry Robinson.  The expansion Philadelphia Flyers of the late 1960s was a weak team, in the standings and on the ice.  Fred Shero took over as head coach in 1971 and began to bring in physical players.  The team would bring a new style of play, often relying on their fists, as opposed to skill to win games. By 1973, the team had acquired the nickname "The Broad Street Bullies".  The Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 75.  Success bread imitators and some look as the Flyers reign as the dark days of hockey. 
  Then in 1976, the Canadiens swept the Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals.  The Canadiens were seen as a team of skill and finesse, led by names such as Lafleur, Shutt, Dryden and Cournoyer.  Although with Robinson, it could be said, beat the Flyers at their own game, intimidation.  Robinson already had a much publicized win in ab out with Flyers legendery tough guy/goon Dave Schultz under his belt, and then in game two of the 1976 Finals, Robinson dished out one of the greatest hits in NHL history.  Instead of acting like the Broad Street Bullies and jumping Robinson, the Flyers left Robinson alone.

   In "The Game", Ken Dryden wrote of Robinson "They (Bruins and Flyers) held him in such awe, treating him with an embarrassing, almost fawning, respect, that they seemed even to abandon their style of play when he was around, and with it any hope of winning." So in a way, Robinson, while not putting a stop to thugs and goons around the NHL, helped the Canadiens show the rest of the NHL that you can win with skill and without the violence and goonery. 
  Granted with the continued trend of expansion of the NHL in the 1970s, the talent level continued to get watered down and it was easier to find goons as opposed to the skilled players the 1970s Canadiens had stockpiled over the years.  So the GHHTs would continue to mount throughout the 1970s and 80s, as goals and fights would continue to increase.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Season in Review: 2014-15

  Gordie How Hat Trick were coming fast and furious early in the season.  There were five in both October and November.  Then only another six for the rest of the season.  The 2014-15 Art Ross winner, Jamie Benn, also led the league in the Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  Benn might be the first player to led the league in points and Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in the same season.  No, Jarome Iginla did not lead the league in GHHTs during his Art Ross season in 2001-02.  I'd have to check on Stan Mikita.  There were two night with two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks, November 13th and February 2nd, but both times they were in separate games.  Steve Pinizzotto scored his first career goal during his Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Vladimir Tarasenko had his first career fight in this GHHT.  Teams were 20-3-3 when having a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Player Age Pos Date ? Tm Opp G A PTS PIM TOI#
Jim Slater 32C 26/03/2015WPG MTL W112512:471AGF
Jordin Tootoo 32RW 14/03/2015NJD @ ARI W112714:323FAG
Dmitry Kulikov 24D 05/03/2015FLA DAL L-SO 112720:361FGA
Jamie Benn 25LW 21/02/2015DAL DET L-OT 112718:034FGA
Daniel Winnik 29C/LW 21/02/2015TOR WPG W112515:142GAF
Jared Cowen 23D 11/12/2014OTT LAK L112915:501FAG
Chris Neil 35RW 28/11/2014OTT @ FLA L112511:163GAF
Steve Pinizzotto 30C 19/11/2014EDM VAN L11277:421FGA
Vladimir Tarasenko 22RW 13/11/2014STL NSH W112515:221AFG
Dale Weise 26RW 13/11/2014MTL BOS W11278:501FGA
Evander Kane 23LW 06/11/2014WPG PIT L-SO 112720:223FAG
Marco Scandella 24D 25/10/2014MIN TBL W112521:201GFA
R.J. Umberger 32C 22/10/2014PHI @ PIT W112515:102FGA
Jamie Benn 25LW 14/10/2014DAL @ CBJ W134518:203AFG
Paul Gaustad 32C 11/10/2014NSH DAL W112510:572FGA
Blake Wheeler 28RW 09/10/2014WPG @ ARI W213515:421GFA

Friday, January 2, 2015

Career GHHTs: Cam Neely

  Cam Neely is regarded as one of the all-time best power forwards.  Neely scored 50 goals in three different seasons including 50 in 49 games during the 1993-94 season.  Neely slowed down in the fisticuffs department once he became a 50 goal scorer.  He had 10 GHHTs in his first 6 season, but only two during the rest of his career.  The rest of his career was marred by injuries.  Neely had four GHHTs during the 1987-88 season.  All four came within a 15 game span.  Neely took on all comers in his fights, including heavyweights Chris Nilan, Ken Baumgartner and Dave Semenko.  It is ironic that his last Gordie Howe Hat Trick was against Ulf Samuelsson, a player who cost Neely almost two seasons due to a dirty hit. 

124/02/1984VANLAKW1127AGFJay Wells
230/12/1984VANEDMT1125FGADave Semenko
312/10/1985VANSTLL1127AGFTerry Johnson
418/10/1985VANLAKW11211FGADean Kennedy
510/01/1987BOSPHIL1125AGFKjell Samuelsson
602/01/1988BOSQUEW11215AGFMike Eagles
709/01/1988BOS@STLW1125FAGTim Bothwell
814/01/1988BOSMTLW1129FGAChris Nilan
904/02/1988BOSMTLW3147FGASergio Momesso
1015/02/1989BOS@LAW1235AFGKen Baumgartner
1123/11/1989BOSTORW1127GAFWendel Clark
1213/12/1990BOSHFDW1129AGFUlf Samuelsson

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Season in Review: 2007-08

  There were 21 Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in 2007-08, including one during the play-offs.  Jarome Iginla extended his lead as the active leader with his eight and ninth career GHHTs.  Jarome, and Sean Avery were the only players to have multiple GHHTs in 2007-08.  Teams with a player having a GHHT went 14-7.  Sidney Crosby earned his first GHHT, which included a fight against Andrew Ferrence of the Boston Bruins.  Tom Kostopoulus completed his GHHT when he instigated a fight against Shane Hnidy of the Bruins with less than 10 minutes in the game.  Rick Nash completed his GHHT with a fight at the end of the game.

21Mike Green15/04/2008WSH@PHIL11271
20Craig Adams29/03/2008CHI@STLW11251
19Randy Jones28/03/2008PHI@NJDL11271
18Adam Mair14/03/2008BUFCARW12351
17Sean Avery23/02/2008NYR@BUFW11274
16Steve Montador21/02/2008FLABOSL11251
15Brandon Dubinsky19/02/2008NYR@MTLL11271
14Dion Phaneuf09/02/2008CGYEDMW11251
13Jarome Iginla05/02/2008CGYPHXW11258
12Tom Kostopoulos22/01/2008MTLBOSW112192
11Andy Sutton29/12/2007NYINJDW11271
10Mike Richards22/12/2007PHIBUFL21371
9Sidney Crosby20/12/2007PIT@BOSW12351
8Jordin Tootoo08/12/2007NSHANAW11252
7Jarome Iginla01/12/2007CGYCBJL11257
6Zdeno Chara17/11/2007BOS@MTLL112253
5Rick Nash14/11/2007CBJCHIW11272
4Sean Avery10/11/2007NYR@TORW11273
3Corey Perry03/11/2007ANA@PHXW21352
2Daymond Langkow18/10/2007CGYLAKW21372
1Milan Lucic12/10/2007BOS@LAKW11251