Sunday, December 14, 2014

Season in Review; 1980-81

   There were 49 regular season Gordie Howe Hat Tricks plus another 13 during the play-offs in 1980-81.  Bob Bourne, Tim Higgins, Rick Middleton, Dave Taylor and Ryan Walter each had two during the regular season.  Rick Middleton was a finalist for the Lady Byng in 1980-81 and had a total of 16 PIM.  Tim Higgins had two in three games.  Dave Taylor had both of his against the Colorado Rockies.  Brian Sutter had two during the play-offs, both during a five game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Ron Flockhart and Michel Galarneau scored their first career goal during their GHHT.  During the play-offs, on April 9, 1981, the Boston Bruins and Minnesota North Stars combined for three GHHTs, with Brad Maxwell and Bobby Smith of the Stars, along with Brad Park of the Bruins notching GHHTs.  Park and Smith fought each other during the game.  It was the only time in 1980-81, players earning a GHHT had the fight against each other in the same game.  In another play-off game, Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny both each had a natural GHHT during the third period.  In that game, the Quebec Nordiques beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0. The Detroit Red Wings were the only team without a GHHT, while the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks were the only teams without a GHHT against them.  The record of teams with a GHHT was 47-12-3, for a .782 win percentage.

Rick Middleton09/10/1980BosNYRW1127Mario MariosGAF
Anders Hedberg11/10/1980NYR@TorW1347Laurie BoachmanGFA
Orest Kindrachuk11/10/1980PitWinW2247Al CameronGFA
Dave Taylor18/10/1980LAKClrW1125Merlin MalinowskiGAF
Laurie Boschman18/10/1980TorPhiW12320Paul HolmgremGAF
Ryan Walter19/10/1980Wsh@ChiL2135Dave HutchinsonAFG
Dan Geoffrion31/10/1980WinPitL1127Mike BullardAGF
Wilf Paiement09/11/1980Tor@WinW2137Morris LukowichGFA
Paul Coffey16/11/1980Edm@ChiW1127Rich PrestonAFG
Tom Rowe16/11/1980Har@NYRL1127Dave MaloneyGAF
Glen Sharpley19/11/1980Min@PitW1125Ross LonsberryGFA
Ted Bulley22/11/1980Chi@MinW1125Paul ShmyrGAF
Michel Galarneau28/11/1980HarEdmW1235John HughesAFG
Danny Gare30/11/1980BufClrW1125Rob RamageGFA
Perry Turnbull02/12/1980StlQueW11217John WensinkAFG
Rick Vaive06/12/1980TorQueW1127Normand RochefortFAG
Rob Ramage06/12/1980Clr@WshL1127Paul MulveyGFA
Bob Kelly07/12/1980Wsh@BosL1125Al SecordGFA
Larry Patey13/12/1980StlClrW1125Rob RamageGAF
Denis Maruk21/12/1980Wsh@PhiW11225Frank BatheGAF
Jean Pronovost21/12/1980Wsh@PhiW21325Bill BarberAGF
Mario Trembley27/12/1980MtlWshW11211Jim McTaggertGAF
Tiger Williams28/12/1980VanStlL1125Wayne BabychGAF
Tom McCarthy30/12/1980MinPhiW1235Bob DaileyGAF
Paul Holmgrem04/01/1981Phi@WshW1127Yvon LabreAGF
Pat Boutette10/01/1981Har@WinW1127Dave BabychFAG
Eric Vail15/01/1981CalDetW1235Willie HuberAGF
Tim Higgins15/01/1981ChiBosW11211Brad McCrimmonGFA
Blair Chapman17/01/1981StlEdmW1125Dave HunterGAF
Paul Gardner17/01/1981PitLAKW11225Jay WellsAFG
Tim Higgins18/01/1981ChiQueW1127Andre DupontFAG
Al Secord22/01/1981ChiMtlW2137Chris NilanAFG
Terry Martin22/01/1981Tor@LAKT1125Jay WellsGAF
Keith Crowder26/01/1981BosClrW1125Ed CooperAGF
Doug Lecuyer29/01/1981Win@BosL1125Brad ParkAGF
Peter Stastny07/02/1981QuePhiW1127Mel BridgmanAGF
Larry Robinson14/02/1981MtlWshW12319Alan HangslebenAGF
Ken Houston25/02/1981CalNYIW1127Clark GilliesAFG
Ray Bourque26/02/1981BosMinW1137Al MacAdamFAG
Rick Middleton26/02/1981BosMinW2135Ron ZanussiGFA
Darren Veitch28/02/1981Wsh@StlL1125Brian SutterAFG
Ron Flockhart28/02/1981Phi@MinW1129Al MacAdamGFA
Mark Messier04/03/1981Edm@NYRT2135Chris KotsopoulosFGA
Bob Bourne11/03/1981NYI@WinW2135Dan GeoffrionAGF
Bob MacMillan21/03/1981Cal@BosL1127Stan JonathanFGA
Bob Bourne22/03/1981NYI@ChiW1129Tim HigginsGAF
Don Maloney28/03/1981NYR@MtlW1125Chris NilanAGF
Ryan Walter29/03/1981WshNYIL1127Bob NystromFAG
Dave Taylor04/04/1981LAKClrT2137Randy PierceAGF

Paul Holmgrem08/04/1981PhiQueW11219Kim ClacksonAGF
Brad Park09/04/1981BosMinL1349Bobby SmithGFA
Marcel Dionne09/04/1981LAKNYRW1125Ed HospodorGFA
Brad Maxwell09/04/1981Min@BosW1127Stan JonathanFGA
Bobby Smith09/04/1981Min@BosW1127Brad ParkGAF
Ulf Nilsson09/04/1981NYR@LAKL1129Dan BonarFAG
Peter Stastny11/04/1981QuePhiW1125Ken LinsemanAGF
Michel Goulet11/04/1981QuePhiW1125Paul HolmgremGAF
Brian Sutter11/04/1981Stl@PitW11211George FergusonFGA
Brian Sutter14/04/1981StlPitW1125Randy CarlyleFGA
Hector Marini16/04/1981NYIEdmW1235Mark MessierFGA
Steve Vickers20/04/1981NYRStlW2137Larry PateyFAG
Glen Cochrane22/04/1981PhiCalW11214Jim Peplinski (x2)GFA

  I researched the 1980-81 season using the hockey summary project, along with and  On some specific GHHTs, or non-GHHTs, I gather information via google searches.

Special thanks to trottiertobossy and Eric Hornick for helping me research a potential GHHT by Dennis Potvin.  On December 16/1980, an altercation occurred between Denis Potvin and Tim Trimper.  It was listed as a fight by but Trimper was noted as not receiving a fighting major.  Any newspaper articles I found on the game didn't mention the actual penalties.  I had already removed 2 GHHTs when researching altercations between two players where one doesn't receive a major and this one became the third.  trottiertobossy posted a fan's scorecard from the game that lists Potvin's major as a butt-ending major. 

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