March 14, 2012
The Stan Mikita Hat Trick
Move over Gordie Howe. Another hockey legend is going to steal what has become #9's signature trademark to the modern day fan.
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a much celebrated variation of hockey's hallowed hat trick. This hat trick is celebrated when a player scores a goal, assists on another, and gets into a fight, all in the same game.
It has been named after the great Gordie Howe, legendary for his all around play, goal scoring prowess, play making ability, and especially his toughness.
There's only one catch. "Mr. Hockey" only had two documented "Gordie Howe Hat Tricks" in his 26 year career.
So who is the all time leader in "Gordie Howe Hat Tricks?"
Meet Stan Mikita. According to research by The Society For International Hockey Research published in the March 19th, 2012 issue of The Hockey News, the Chicago Blackhawks legend is the all time leader in "Gordie Howe Hat Tricks" with 22. Howe's linemate Ted Lindsay is next with 19, followed by Brendan Shanahan (17), Rick Tocchet (15) and Brian Sutter (12).
The active leader is Jarome Iginla, with 9.