It’s a rarity in hockey, the natural hat trick.
A natural hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in succession with no other goals being scored in between.
St. Thomas Stars’ centre Matt McJannet accomplished the feat against the Strathroy Rockets at the Timken Community Centre in St. Thomas on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
McJannet scored the second, third and fourth goals for the Stars in a 4-0 shutout win over the Rockets.
According to legend, Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex Kaleta entered the shop of Toronto businessman Sammy Taft to purchase a new hat, but did not have enough money. Taft arranged a deal with Kaleta stipulating that if Kaleta scored three goals as he played the Toronto Maple Leafs that night, Taft would give him a free hat. That night, on 26 January 1946, Kaleta scored four goals against the Maple Leafs and Taft made good on his offer. This is the story accepted as the origin of the phrase Hat Trick by the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with 50 hat tricks.
(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography)
David Honsberger is a former journalist and columnist for the Strathroy Age Dispatch. A winner of the Stuart Bolton Memorial Award for the Strathroy Rockets Volunteer of the Year in 1996, David served for seven years as the club’s president. He was honoured in 2015 when he was inducted into the Strathroy Rockets/Blades Wall of Fame in the builder category. David is currently in his 20th year of volunteering with the Rockets and provides the colour commentary for the Strathroy Rockets radio broadcasts on 105.7 my FM. He resides in Strathroy with his mother and his two cherished Savannah cats, Scout and Hey, Boo.