Three is a magic number, whatever the sport: a brief history of the hat-trick

Sports fans sure like to celebrate happenings in threes, whether in ice hockey, soccer, cricket or even marbles. But whence did the term ‘hat-trick’ come?

When 24-year-old Ottawa forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau tipped a shot past New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with just 62 seconds left in regulation in a playoff game last month, Senators fans at Canadian Tire Center were simply overjoyed that the score was tied.

But when Pageau was credited with the goal over the public-address system, several fans made sure to follow hockey tradition and throw their caps and hats on the ice. It was Pageau’s third goal of the game – the individual achievement known commonly as a hat trick.

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