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What Happens With the Hats?


Hat tricks and hats. Note Jim Zorn and Danny Smith in upper right. (By Ricky Carioti - TWP)


What question have I been asked more than any other in the past two days? What happens with the hats? As in, the hundreds of caps and other headgear that tumbled onto the ice Monday night, with one hat reaching frozen water virtually before the lamp was lit.

Let's go backwards first. In the old days, the hats were kept in those giant plastic garbage cans filled with ice, and then donated to charity. Before that happened, though, random people would find the cans and take random hats. I actually wrote about this once, after gaining access to a dark storage room filled with smelly hats.

The game that I saw--a Semin hat trick in Oct. of 2006, which was square in the dark ages--yielded 99 hats. Yes, I counted every single one. Yesterday, there were probably at least 99 Nats hats alone. That's one way to measure the new era. (Rim shot.)

Anyhow, right now, the hats are actually being kept, gathered together and delivered to Arlington. Why Arlington, you ask?

Because the Caps are planning on building a permanent hat-trick display that will potentially be located inside their practice facility in Ballston's Kettler Capitals Iceplex. And any good hat-trick display demands hundreds if not thousands of hat-trick hats. These hats are thus important relics the moment they touch down. Part of history, even.

So next time you toss, think long and hard about which hat you choose. Although, come to think of it, if you think too long, it might cause some trouble....

(I was trying to save this for a world exclusive photo of hats-in-storage, but so persistent have been the questions that I decided to just cave in and put it out there now. Plus, someone else probably broke the news months ago.)





Gratuitous Zorn shot. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2009; 7:43 AM ET
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Comments

What about a Balloon Hat Trick?

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh and what do they do with the octopus.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If this was the Redskins, the would be put back on sale in the pro shop as "official hat trick hats" and be sold for double.

Posted by: stormblue | May 6, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I heard that Crosby wants the FBI to do DNA tests on all the hats so that each and every hat offender can be banned from the arena for life.

Posted by: ChampKind | May 6, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

alex35332 asked, "and what do they do with the octopus"?

Ever noticed the calamari for sale at the concession stands in Joe Louis Arena?

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Anyone see that pic from the free paper today showing where Crosby and Ovie shot from in the game? Someone needs to just stand 3 feet from the goal and club Crosby any time a shot comes in towards the goal and he will be neutralized.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

alex35332 asked, "and what do they do with the octopus"?

Ever noticed the calamari for sale at the concession stands in Joe Louis Arena?

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Mmmmm

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

alex35332 - They throw the octopi into the Detroit river for the mutant fish to eat. ;) I can't wait to see that hat display!

Posted by: amberlynne | May 6, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

DANG if I knew that I WOULD have thrown the Penguins head over. PUCK FITTSBURGH

Posted by: birhat | May 6, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh and what do they do with the octopus.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 8:55 AM
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I am curious where one would even BUY an octopus? I've never seen them in the grocery store.

Posted by: AmyS1 | May 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

You can buy octopus at any good Asian Mart. H-Mart on Georgia Ave. definitely sells octopus.

Posted by: Danny_The_Bull | May 6, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

reportedly, you can also sometimes get an octopus at the fish market on Maine Ave. The trick is to then boil it so it doesn't smell, then stick it into a plastic bag, and finally saran wrap it very tightly to your body to make it past security.

I think it would be funnier if they took all the hats from the hat trick celebration and dumped them on Mario Lemieux's front lawn. Let's see what Sid has to say about that.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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