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