No member of the Worcester Sharks had scored a hat trick in more than three years, until last weekend. The problem was, the goals were scored on the road, so no hats were thrown to the ice. So, the Sharks are planning their own celebration.
No member of the AHL's Worcester Sharks had scored a hat trick since Feb. 14, 2010, when Dan DaSilva got three against Manchester. That run of 263 hat trick-less games was broken last Saturday, as Daniil Tarasov popped in all of Worcester's goals in a 3-1 win against the Springfield Falcons.
But since the game was taking place in Springfield, no hats were thrown on the ice in celebration. This made Tarasov a sad panda.
“It would have been nice for someone to throw at least one hat,” Tarasov said. “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around…does it make a noise? The same can be said for a hat trick…if someone scores three goals and no one throws a hat, is it still a hat trick?”
But the Sharks have a plan. Tomorrow night, when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Worcester is having a hat giveaway and throwback night - a delayed celebration of Tarasov's three goals.
The first 100 fans into the arena will receive a Worcester hat and are "encouraged" to throw them to the ice after the first intermission, when the team will show Tarasov's third goal from the weekend before. Fans, of course, can also bring their own to throw to the ice - and Tarasov will donate them to the Hat and Mittens post-game skate on Nov. 10.
But Tarasov asks a profound question here that needs an answer: if someone scores three goals and no one throws a hat, is it still a hat trick?