When I heard Alexander Svechnikov's Stanley Cup hat trick was the first in Carolina/Hartford history, I could not believe it.
Even the most recently added team, the Vegas Golden Knights, have a playoff hat trick. I mean, the Whalers date back to 1979. And traditionally neither the Whalers or Hurricanes have had long playoff runs. But surely someone had a post season hat trick in all that time? Ron Francis? Pat Verbeek? Blaine Stoughton? Mike Rogers? Ray Ferraro? Geoff Sanderson? Sami Kapanen? Rod Brind'Amour? Erik Cole? Eric Staal? Jeff Skinner?
Nope. No one. Until Svechnikov did the deed against the New York Rangers on August 3rd, 2020
So what other teams have never had a player score a hat trick in Stanley Cup play. It turns out four other teams, sort of.
The first three are among the more recent expansion teams: Columbus, Minnesota and Florida.
The other current team to have never had a playoff hat trick are the Winnipeg Jets. I'm talking about the current Winnipeg Jets, who originated as the Atlanta Thrashers.
But the original Winnipeg Jets did celebrate a Teemu Selanne hat trick before the team moved to Arizona to become the Coyotes. No player in an Arizona uniform has scored a post season hat trick yet.
Defunct teams Hamilton Tigers, Montreal Maroons, Montreal Wanderers, New York Americans, Philadelphia Quakers, and Pittsburgh Pirates also never had a hat trick in NHL Stanley Cup playoff play.