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Hat Trick : Phrases


The accomplishment of three successes or wins.


Wayne Gretzky scored an NHL record fifty
hat trick during his 1979-99 career.


Hat trick originated from the English game of Cricket. The term originally referred to a bowler retiring three consecutive batsman with three consecutive balls.

This is roughly equivalent to a pitcher in baseball striking out three consecutive batters using only three pitches to each! This was considered quite an accomplishment and was traditionally rewarded with a hat.

The term is now used for other sports, always referring to an accomplishment of three. A popular use today is three goals by a single player in one game of hockey or soccer.

Alternative : Comes from the days when it was common for men (and women for that manner) to wear hats to social events, and in Canada a hockey game is a social event. If a player scored three goals in one game, appreciative fans would throw their hats onto the ice.

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