Hat tricks just haven’t felt the same in NHL rinks these days, especially when they're produced north of the border. With no fans in attendance at any of the games in Canada, players aren’t treated to the ball-cap shower they’re used to when they reach the impressive milestone.
On Saturday, Ottawa Senators rookie Tim Stutzle scored his first career hatty, helping his surging squad defeat the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-2. With the arena once again crowdless for the contest, however, the ice wasn’t littered with headwear like it usually is for such an occasion.
When he got back to his home in Ottawa, though, Stutzle was treated to quite the surprise.
A group of young Sens fans showed up and absolutely littered Stutzle’s house with hats, surely making the accomplishment even more memorable for the forward. Even teammates (and roommates) Josh Norris and Brady Tkachuk were around for the special surprise.
At 19 years and 113 days, Stutzle became the youngest player in Senators history to record a hat trick.
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