>>I'm a relatively new hockey fan. I went to the Caps/Whalers game last
>>friday. Bondra scored a "hat trick." What is that? Is it three points
>>by one man (which is how many he scored)?
>>While I'm at it, here's another question. Could someone explain icing
>>the puck to me.
>>Please e-mail replies. Thanks.
>A hat trick is when a player scores 3 GOALS in one game.
I think the term dates back a long way, from Toronta (or was it Montreal?)
Some prominent hat maker (what do you call a hat maker anyway?) offered
to make a hat for someone (I think it was a specific player) if they scored
3 goals in a specific game. Can't give you any more specifics then that,
though I'm sure someone could give you names, dates, teams et al (the trivia
some people have access too! geesh!).
> Icing is when a
>player shoots or passes the puck from his defending HALF of the ice to his
>attacking Half of the ice past the goal line before someone on his own team
>can play it. However a team that is shorthanded can "ice" the puck legally.
>If the puck crosses through the goalies crease it is not icing UNLESS it is
>an empty net. Also if the goalie plays the puck it is not icing.
I've been trying to explain the reason for having the icing rule... but
not doing so well... is it to improve game flow? That's about the only
reason I could think of, off-hand, forcing the defending team to carry the
puck out of their end, instead of just dumping it down the ice all the time.