Monday, June 18, 2012

2011-12: Season in Review

  In the 2011-12 NHL season, there were 25 Gordie Howe Hat Tricks, including 2 in the Play-offs.  There were 54 Hat Tricks of the 3 goal variety last season, making the Gordie Howe Hat Trick the rarer event.  If you're in the guessing mood, then try to name all 25 Gordie Howe Hat Trick achievers from the 2011-12 season.  Otherwise, check in after the break.

  Players who achieved a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in 2011-12 range from power forwards, (Clowe, Hartnell) to enforcers, (Clifford, Glass) to finesse players (Kovalchuk, Thornton).

Mike Richards03/05/2012LAKSTLMilan Lucic22/01/2012BOS@PHI
Claude Giroux15/04/2012PHIPITGregory Campbell19/01/2012BOS@NJD
Joe Thornton05/04/2012SJS@LAKJay Harrison12/01/2012CAR@TBL
Ryane Clowe05/04/2012SJS@LAKJarome Iginla10/01/2012CGYNJD
Matt Frattin03/04/2012TOR@BUFAdam Henrique10/01/2012NJD@CGY
Brandon Sutter17/03/2012CAR@MINT.J. Galiardi06/01/2012COL@CHI
Jamie McGinn06/03/2012COLMINZdeno Chara17/12/2011BOS@PHI
Colin Greening06/03/2012OTT@TBLDaniel Winnik15/12/2011COL@SJS
R.J. Umberger21/02/2012CBJSJSTroy Brouwer07/12/2011WSH@OTT
Wayne Simmonds11/02/2012PHINYRSteve Montador10/11/2011CHI@CBJ
Scott Hartnell09/02/2012PHITORTanner Glass08/11/2011WPG@BUF
Ilya Kovalchuk04/02/2012NJD@PHIEvander Kane03/11/2011WPG@NYI
Kyle Clifford23/01/2012LAKOTT

  On January 10th, 2012, Jarome Iginla and Adam Henrique both had GHHTs and thier fight was against each other,  Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe were the only teammate to each get a GHT in the same game.  In 2011-12, GHHTs were more common by players on the away team as opposed to home, 17 to 8, and players who had a GHHT helped their teams to a 20-5 records in those games.  
  16 Players got their 1st career Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Zdeno Chara got his 5th career GHHT, which ties him with Paul Coffey for the most amongst defencemen since 1987-88.  Iginla padded his led amongst active players with his 10th regular season GHHT.  He also had one in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.
  Which player's Gordie Howe Hat Trick in 2001/12 was the biggest surprise?

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