The San Jose Sharks were trailing the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Sunday when Joe Pavelski tied the game with under five minutes remaining in the second period. Less than a minute later, he scored the go-ahead goal. Late in the third, Pavelski completed a natural hat trick as the Sharks rolled to a 5-3 road win.
Waterloo alumni have combined to play in thousands of NHL games. Pavelski’s hat trick was the 13th by a member of that group. All of them have come from three players: Pavelski, Jason Blake, and Brock Boeser.
The Black Hawks’ first NHL All-Star had a hat trick in four consecutive seasons from 2002/03 through 2006/07 (there was no 2004/05 season, due to a lockout). Blake is the only former Waterloo player with two hat tricks against the same NHL opponent, victimizing the Philadelphia Flyers twice. He remains the Hawks alum with the most hat tricks in the NHL: six.
Pavelski made his NHL debut early in the 2006/07 season. After a number of close calls, he recorded his first hat trick in 2013/14 after appearing in 527 NHL regular season games. Pavelski wouldn’t wait nearly as long for his next three-goal performance. In the span of under nine weeks, he had three hat tricks. Coincidentally, Pavelski has never recorded a hat trick in San Jose; all five to his credit have come on the road.
The youngest former Black Hawk to notch an NHL hat trick, Boeser did it at age 20 in just his 19th regular season appearance. Fans across the league took notice, in part, because the game was against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Boeser’s second hat trick helped the Canucks to a 6-1 win against the St. Louis Blues earlier this winter.
Chronology of former Black Hawks’ NHL Hat Tricks
January 11, 2003 – Blake vs. Atlanta Thrashers
March 19, 2004 – Blake vs. Minnesota Wild
November 26, 2005 – Blake vs. Philadelphia Flyers
December 19, 2006 – Blake vs. New York Rangers
February 27, 2007 – Blake vs. Philadelphia Flyers
January 15, 2009 – Blake vs. Carolina Hurricanes
January 18, 2014 – Pavelski vs. Tampa Bay Lighting
February 27, 2014 – Pavelski vs. Philadelphia Flyers
March 25, 2014 – Pavelski vs. Edmonton Oilers
February 13, 2015 – Pavelski vs. Arizona Coyotes
November 4, 2017 – Boeser vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
December 9, 2018 – Boeser vs. St. Louis Blues
February 24, 2019 – Pavelski vs. Detroit Red Wings
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