Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:14 AM MDT
Good Question: Why do Fans Throw Hats When a Hockey Player Scores Thrice?
By Matt Gephardt
Edited by Ryan Malavolta
Photography by Daniel “Tons-of-Fun” Kovach
(KUTV) On the rarest of rare occasions, a hockey player may find himself pelted with flying hats from the fans. It's a hockey tradition to throw your hat when one player scores three goals in a single game. It's called a hat trick.
The tradition prompts a Good Question from Laura who asks how such a strange tradition came to be. According to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the term "hat-trick" was originally used in the game of cricket. Like in hockey, the term was used when a player scored three times during the cricket match.
Then in the 1930s, a Toronto businessman would promote his hats by giving one to a player who scored three goals, says the Hall of Fame. Today, fans mimic that act and celebrate a hat trick by throwing their hats onto the ice surface.
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