Thursday, October 16, 2014

Career GHHTs: Chris Pronger

  Chris Pronger has been in the news of late, being hired by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  Pronger had a reputation as a player as being on mean SOB on the ice.  So you figure, he racked up a couple of GHHTs in his career.  Well, your figuring be wrong.  Chris Pronger has zero official career Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  Yes, I was surprised by this as well.  He came close twice, having a goal and an assist while being involved in a line brawl.  On April 16, 1998, Pronger wrestled with Gary Galley during a line brawl, and was accessed with a roughing minor and a 10 minute misconduct.  The year before, in a play-off game versus the Detroit Red Wings, Pronger was a bit more active during a line brawl but once again never earned a fighting major.  Pronger got tied up Tomas Sandstrom at centre ice.  Check out the video below, at around 1:10 for Pronger. 

  Mr. Pronger, how many games suspension do you give yourself?  Here's a higher quality replay of the punch.  Over his career Pronger had 21 fighting majors, but never had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. 

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