In ice hockey, a Gordie Howe hat trick is a variation on the hat trick, wherein a player scores a goal, records an assist, and gets in a fight all in one game. It is named after Gordie Howe, who is known for both his scoring ability and his fighting ability.

The Gordie Howe hat trick is not actually an official statistic. Its conception is relatively recent; The Hockey News has statistics on it only since the 1996–97 NHL season. The Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the only teams in the NHL that record their franchises' Gordie Howe hat tricks.

The first known Gordie Howe hat trick was achieved by Hall of Famer Harry Cameron of the Toronto Arenas on December 26, 1917. Despite giving his name to the feat, Howe only accomplished the Gordie Howe hat trick twice.[1] Howe got his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick on October 11, 1953 when he fought the Toronto Maple Leafs' Fernie Flaman, assisted on Red Kelly's goal and scored his own. His second happened on March 21, 1954, once again vs. the Maple Leafs. He scored the opening goal, assisted on two Ted Lindsay goals and fought Ted "Teeder" Kennedy. [2]

Brendan Shanahan is widely considered to lead this statistics at least in recent history with 17 recorded efforts.[3]


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