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