What’s the origin of the term “hat trick” in hockey?
The term “hat trick” is widely used in hockey, soccer, water polo and lacrosse, but its origins are in cricket. In 1858, H.H. Stephenson took three straight wickets — meaning he hit the three wooden stakes behind the batter three times in a row. The appreciative Hyde Park crowd in Sheffield, England, took a collection to reward the achievement. The proceeds were used to buy a new hat for Stephenson, which was presented to him by his All-England Eleven teammates. These days, it doesn’t take a wicked googly to earn a new hat; a few on-target slap shots will net plenty of hats thrown onto NHL ice.