Sunday, December 21, 2014

Career GHHTs: Rick Tocchet

 By most accounts, mine included,  Rick Tocchet accumulated the most career Gordie Howe Hat Tricks of any player, including Stan Mikita.  Tocchet earned GHHTs with five different franchises, including nine with the Philadelphia Flyer.  Tocchet's best year for GHHTs 1986-87, when he had three GHHTs.  All 18 of Tocchet's GHHTs were during the regular season.  He averaged a GHHT every 64 games but yet never got one during 143 play-off games.  For his career, Tocchet scored 440 goals, 952 points and 2972 PIM.  Tocchet was the quintessential power forward.  A player who could score, but who would also physically intimidate the opposing team, just like Goride Howe.

1816/12/2000PHINJDW1235GAFRandy McKay
1701/04/1998PHX@MDAW1125FGADavid Karpa
1619/12/1997PHX@MDAW1239FAGDavid Karpa
1512/10/1996BOS@SJSW1125FGAAl Iafrate
1422/01/1995LAKEDML1129GFAKelly Buchberger
1306/11/1993PIT@LAKL1127AGFRob Murphy
1223/10/1993PITSTLT1127GAFGarth Butcher
1123/11/1992PIT@NYRW1237AFGKris King
1017/11/1992PITBUFW2135AGFBrad May
918/02/1991PHICHIW1127AFGDave Manson
823/11/1990PHITORW11217GAFLuke Richardson
711/11/1989PHI@NJDW2247GAFKen Daneyko
604/12/1988PHINJDW1129AGFClaude Loiselle
515/01/1987PHIMTLW1125FGADavid Maley
403/01/1987PHI@WshW1127GFAKevin Hatcher
316/10/1986PHIVanW1125FAGMichel Petit
209/03/1986PHI@NYRW1125AGFGeorge McPhee
105/01/1985PHI@StlW1235GAFJim Pavese

Friday, December 19, 2014

Season in Review: 2008-09

  There were 20 GHHTs in 2008-09.  Corey Perry was the only player to have more than one.  Perry had one in the regular season, and one during the play-offs.  There were three nights with two GHHTs, twice by players in different games, and once by teammates.  The teammates were Luke Schenn and Jamal Mayers, who both got a GHHT in a losing cause for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  David Clarkson earned himself a GHHT and then a few weeks later was the fight opponent for Brent Seabrook`s GHHT.  Teams with GHHTs were 16-4, including 2-0 in the play-offs.

Corey PerryRW12/05/2009ANADETW11217AGFBrian Rafalski
Ryan GetzlafC27/04/2009ANASJSW1127FAGJoe Thornton
Luke SchennD03/04/2009TOR@PHIL1125FGAScott Hartnell
Jamal MayersRW03/04/2009TOR@PHIL1125FAGAndrew Alberts
Zdeno CharaD31/03/2009BOSTBLW1127FGAEvgeny Artyukhin
Paul GaustadC27/03/2009BUFTORW11210AGFJamal Mayers + Pavel Kubina
Brent SeabrookD27/03/2009CHINJDW1125FAGDavid Clarkson
David ClarksonRW28/02/2009NJDFLAW1127AGFNick Tarnasky
Shea WeberD28/02/2009NSHDETW1125AFGAndreas Lilja
Chris StewartRW21/01/2009COLLAKL1127FAGSean O'Donnell
Mike ComrieC29/12/2008NYI@NYRL1125FAGNigel Dawes
Jamie LangenbrunnerRW12/12/2008NJDNYRW1127AGFRyan Callahan
Maxim LapierreC04/12/2008MTLNYRW1125AGFPetr Prucha
Shawn HorcoffC29/11/2008EDM@STLW1235FAGDavid Backes
Brandon DubinskyC24/11/2008NYRPHXW1125FGADaniel Carcillo
Troy BrouwerRW09/11/2008CHICGYW1125AFGBrandon Prust
Ryane CloweRW04/11/2008SJSMINW1127AGFEric Reitz
Corey PerryRW25/10/2008ANA@MTLW1237AFGFrancis Bouillon
Ian LaperriereRW23/10/2008COLEDMW11217GAFZac Stortini
Jarome IginlaRW14/10/2008CGYCOLW1125FGACody McCormick

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Career GHHTs: Keith Tkachuk

  Keith Tkachuk was one of the premier power forwards during the 1990s.  Tkachuk led the league in goals in 1996-97 with 52.  He also accumulated 228 PIM; making him the the fourth, and so far, last player to have over 50 goals and 200 PIM in a single season.  Tkachuk had all of his 10 career GHHTs with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise.  In 1998-99 Tkachuk had three GHHTs, including one during the play-offs.  Twice, Tkachuk had his fight of his GHHT, immediately after assisting on a goal.  Once versus Jayson More, and then a few years later against Petr Svoboda. 

1028-318LW09/02/2001PHXEDMW1125GFAEric Brewer
928-208LW22/10/2000PHX@EDMT1127GAFJason Smith
827-028LW25/04/1999PHX@STLW1127FGARicard Persson
727-004LW01/04/1999PHX@CGYW1127FGADenis Gauthier
626-256LW09/12/1998PHXMTLW11217AGFAlain Nasreddine
524-287LW09/01/1997PHXDETL1127AFGJamie Pushor
423-360LW22/03/1996WINPHIW13415GAFPetr Svoboda
322-301LW23/01/1995WINCHIW11215GAFSteve Smith (NFM)
221-247LW30/11/1993WIN@LAKW1345FAGDoug Houda
120-268LW21/12/1992WINSJSW1235AFGJayson More

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Career GHHTs: Brian Sutter

  Brian Sutter is among the career leaders in Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  Sutter racked up 17 GHHTs in his career.  He also had a rare Dual Hat Trick on November 16, 1982 against the New jersey Devils, scoring 3 goals, an assist and a fight - all in the same game.  He had 2 GHHTs in a single play-off series, including one in game 5, in a best of 5 series, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1982.  Sutter's best season was in 1982-83, he scored 46 goals, 76 points, 254 PIM and 3 GHHTs.  Sutter played his entire career with the St. Louis Blues, scoring 303 goals, 636 points, 1786 PIM in 779 games.  He also added 21 goals, 42 points, 249 PIM in 65 play-off games.

05/04/1978STL@LAKW11212Mike Murphy + Dave TaylorAFG
16/01/1979STLBosW1125Terry O'ReillyFGA
30/01/1979STLLAKW1237Randy HoltGFA
09/10/1979STL@VanW11212John Hughes + Lars LindgenFAG
11/04/1981STL@PitW11211George FergusonFGA
14/04/1981STLPitW1125Randy CarlyleFGA
30/12/1981STL@TorW1127Bob McGillGAF
11/04/1982STLWinW2249Dave Babych (NFM)GFA
16/11/1982STLNJDW3149Garry HowattAFG
23/12/1982STLTorW1125Barry MelroseFGA
12/02/1983STLNJDW11217Yvon VautourGAF
03/01/1984STLTorW2247Stewart GavinAFG
18/03/1984STL@WshW1127Bob GouldFAG
14/10/1984STL@LAKW1347Terry RuskowskiFAG
04/04/1985STLNYRL1125Mark PavelichFAG
02/11/1985STLDetT21311Joey KocurGAF
26/12/1985STLChiW1127Jerry DupontFAG

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. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Career GHHTs: Brendan Shanahan

  When career leaders of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick are being discussed, Brendan Shanahan's name always comes up.  For a while, he was believed to be the career leader in GHHTs.  While he's no longer believed to be the leader, it's believed to be either Rick Tocchet or Stan Mikita depending on the source, Shanahan is among the top three with 17 career GHHTs. For his career, Shanahan scored 656 goals, 1354 points, and 2489 PIM.  He has the third highest PIM out of any player in the HHOF.  Shanahan won three Stanley Cups and an Olympic gold medal during his career. He was elected to the HHOF in 2013.

11/02/1989NJD@MTLL1127Chris Chelios
10/03/1990NJDQUEW2139Michel Petit
29/03/1990NJDNYRW11227Troy Mallette
21/12/1991STLNYIW1127Rich Pilon
15/02/1992STLCGYW1127Ronnie Stern
26/03/1992STLHARW2137Randy Ladouceur
30/03/1994STL@FLAW1125Scott Mellanby
25/04/1995STL@DALW2137Derian Hatcher
12/12/1996DETCHIW1237Bob Probert
26/03/1997DETCOLW1125Adam Foote
09/11/1997DETCGYW2135Jarome Iginla
09/02/1999DET@NSHW1127Bob Boughner
21/03/1999DET@PHIL2137Luke Richardson
10/10/2001DETCGYL1127Bob Boughner
01/04/2002DETTORL1127Wade Belak
31/12/2003DETATLW1125Garnet Exelby
30/03/2006DET@NSHW1127Scott Hartnell

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Season in Review: 2009-10

  There were 18 Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in 2009-10.  Leading the league was Chris Stewart, who was the only player to score multiple GHHTs.  The first GHHT went to enforcer Brain McGrattan and enforcer Chris Neil wrapped up the season with a GHHT.  Fedor Tyutin had a natural GHHT againsty the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf.  The fight capped completed Tyutin's GHHT while it started Getzlaf's.  Teams with a GHHT went 13-5.  Nine players got their 1st career GHHT while Jarome Iginla stretched his lead among active players with his 10th.  Three times there were GHHTs on back-to-back nights.  There were none during the play-offs.

Chris NeilRW06/04/2010OTT@FLAW125
Taylor PyattLW27/03/2010PHXCOLW115
Fedor TyutinD09/03/2010CBJ@ANAW127
Ryan GetzlafC09/03/2010ANACBJL117
David BoothLW03/03/2010FLAPHIW135
Daniel CarcilloLW02/03/2010PHI@TBLW115
Chris StewartRW08/02/2010COLSTLW125
Mike KnubleRW07/02/2010WSHPITW1117
Jarome IginlaRW30/01/2010CGYEDMW225
Rick NashLW23/01/2010CBJ@MINL117
Brandon DubinskyC19/01/2010NYRTBLW115
Jason ChimeraLW13/01/2010WSH@FLAW115
Ian LaperriereRW12/01/2010PHIDALW117
Zack StortiniRW09/12/2009EDM@TBLW1112
Chris StewartRW02/12/2009COL@FLAL1219
Jared BollRW23/11/2009CBJ@NYRL1110
Francois BeaucheminD14/11/2009TORCGYL115
Brian McGrattanRW16/10/2009CGYVANW115

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 HHOF: Did they GHHT?

  The HHOF inducted six new members in 2014.  Making the cut are players Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Domink Hasek, Mike Modano, coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary.  On this blog, we aren't interested in debating the choices.  Instead what we are interested in is, did they ever get a Gordie Howe Hat Trick?

  First off, since Domink Hasek is a goalie, it would have been truly remarkable for a goalie to get a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Same for a coach or a referee.
  Mike Modano, a finalist for the Lady Byng in 2003, scored 561 goals, 813 assists and 930 pim in his career.  He had a single NHL fight.  It was against Rob Brind'Amour on October 20th, 1990. Modano had no points in that game, and thus never recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
  Toughness is a characteristic that is often used when describing Peter Forsberg's game, but fighting is not.  Forsberg scored 249 goals, 636 assists and 690 pim, but only one fighting major.  His single fight, which the linsemen stopped before it began, was against Martin Lapointe in 1997.  Still no GHHTs for the class of 2014.
  The last inductee to be checked for GHHTs is Rob Blake.  Blake finished his career with 240 goals, 537 assists and 1679 pim.  Blake played a physical game and had 24 fighting majors, including two during the playoffs, and yes he did GHHT.

Date TmOppGAPTSOpponent
26/01/1993LAKSJSW224Dean Evason
23/12/2002COLVANW213Jarko Ruutu

  So that's it for the class of 2014, three skater who combined for a total of two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Did He GHHT? Mike Gartner

  Of course he did.  He played in the 1980s.  Everybody who was anybody GHHTed in the 1980s, even Wayne Gretzky.  Mike Gartner had three Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in his career.  Gartner had career 18 NHL fights, 8 of them were against the Flyers.  He also racked up fighting majors against Rob Ray and Tiger Williams.

15/01/1980WSH@PHIL1125Andre Dupont
06/02/1982WSH@PITW1129Greg Malone
17/01/1985WSHPITW1127Mitch Lamoureux

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Team GHHTs: Kansas City Scouts

  The Kansas City Scouts only played two seasons in the NHL before moving to Colorado to become the Rockies.  During those two seasons, the team accumulated three Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  The first being by Dave Hudson, a natural trick, last period of the last game of the 1974-75 season.  In comparison, the team only had one three goal hat trick during its existence, which was by Wilf Paiement, in an epic (for Scouts fans) win versus the Montreal Canadiens.  The Scouts would finish their time in Kansas with a 16 game winless streak, then they won a game... and then they finished with a 27 game winless streak.

DatePlayerD VSGA PTS PIMOpponent
06/04/1975   Dave Hudson    LSTL1125Bob Plager
07/02/1976Wilf PaiementW@WSH  1127Nelson Pyatt
22/02/1976Steve DurbanoLMNS1127Dave Cressman

Guess which one of these guys was a convicted pimp and a cocaine smuggler?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Career GHHTs: Wilf Pairment

  Wilf Paiement was a Gordie Howe Hat Trick machine.  Racking up 16 career Gordie Howe Hat Tricks, including one during the play-offs in 1982.  He had a GHHT with five different teams, a possible record.  His most prolific days were with the Quebec Nordiques, including five during the 1984-85 season.  In that season he had back-to-back GHHTs and also twice against Torrie Robertson.

07/02/1976KCS@WshW1127Nelson Pyatt
01/04/1977CLRVANW1127Jack McIlhargey
21/10/1978CLR@STLW1125Brian Sutter
27/02/1979CLR@BOSW1125Bob Miller
05/01/1980TORQUEL1127Barry Legge
02/02/1980TORCBHL1237John Marks
09/11/1980TOR@WPGW2137Morris Lukowich
01/05/1982QUENYIL1239Bob Nystrom
27/03/1983QUE@BUFT21311Paul Cyr
02/01/1985QUEHARW1127Torrie Robertson
04/01/1985QUE@WSHW2135Alan Haworth
16/02/1985QUE@PITW13417Gary Rissling (No Fight major)
13/03/1985QUEMINW1127Gordie Roberts
07/04/1985QUEHARW11222Torrie Robertson (x2)
13/11/1985QUE@CBHL1125Jerry Dupont
08/02/1987BUF@CBHW1237Dave Donnelly

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. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2012-13: Season in Review

  This blog has not been updated lately.  I haven't check in a while either to see if there was another
blog or site dedicated to Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.  If there is, leave a note in the comments.
  In a lockout shortened 2012-13, there were 10 GHHTs including one during the playoffs.  Four players earned their first, while Brenden Morrow notched his sixth in his career.  The league leader was Wayne Simmons who had a busy week in February, grabbing two in three games.  Brenden Dillion scored his first career goal then same game he earned his first GHHT.  Teams were 10-1 when a player had a GHHT, with the one loss being Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.

Evgeni MalkinC07/05/2013PIT@NYIL112921:051
Brenden MorrowLW17/04/2013PITMTLW213714:036
Ryan WhitneyD03/04/2013EDM@CGYW112518:271
Nathan HortonRW16/03/2013BOSWSHW123512:392
Wayne SimmondsRW23/02/2013PHIWPGW112512:473
Jamie BennLW23/02/2013DALSJSW112518:351
Derek DorsettRW21/02/2013CBJ@DETW112916:051
Wayne SimmondsRW20/02/2013PHI@PITW213511:432
Mike RichardsC05/02/2013LAK@CBJW1121910:553
Brenden DillonD01/02/2013DALPHXW112718:451