Tuesday, March 9, 2010
On this date in 1991, Theo Fleury accomplished something that had never been done in the 74 year history of the NHL.
Against the St. Louis Blues Fleury scored a goal with St. Louis on the powerplay 5:52 into the game. 24 seconds into the third period, Fleury struck again while Calgary was a man down.
And then it happened. History was made with 2:25 remaining in the game when Fleury completed his hat trick, again with Calgary killing off a penalty for the only shorthanded hat trick in the 74 year history of the NHL.
Calgary would win the game 8-4, powered by Fleury's four point night, as he also registered an assist in the game. The hat trick was the fourth of his career.
During the 1990-91 season, the Flames tallied 17 shorthanded goals, with Fleury accounting for seven of them. Flames players also had seven hat tricks, five of which belonged to Fleury.
In all, Fleury would score 51 goals and 53 assists for 104 points that season to lead the Flames in points and place 8th in NHL scoring. He also tied for the league lead with a +48 rating. He would also play in his first NHL All-Star Game in 1991, scoring a goal in the Campbell Conference victory.
Following the Flames elimination from the playoffs, Fleury competed for Canada in the World Championships in Finland, coming away with a silver medal. Prior to the start of the 1991-92 season, Fleury skated in the 1991 Canada Cup tournament as Canada came away with the gold medal.
Today's featured jersey is a 1990-91 Calgary Flames Theo Fleury jersey as worn on the road in St. Louis the night Fleury scored the only shorthanded hat trick in NHL history.
While his 1991 shorthanded hat trick was a remarkable feat, Fleury is best for his outrageous goal celebration that season after scoring an overtime goal in Game 6 of the Flames first round playoff series against the rival Edmonton Oilers.