Everett Silvertips forward Trent Lofthouse scored three times against the Vancouver Giants on Dec. 8. Giants assistant coach Glen Hanlon was in goal almost 34 years ago to the day when Mark Lofthouse, Trent’s dad, scored his only NHL hat trick as the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks.
Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post
It’s one for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Almost 34 years to the day, former Canucks goaltender and now Giants assistant coach Glen Hanlon was at ice level witnessing a member of the Lofthouse clan score a hat trick. The first came on Dec. 9, 1978 when Mark Lofthouse beat Hanlon three times in a 7-5 Washington Capitals win over the Canucks at Pacific Coliseum. The second happened last Saturday – Dec. 8 – when Mark’s son Trent scored three goals for the Everett Silvertips against the Giants with Hanlon watching from behind the players’ bench.
“Thanks for making my morning,” Hanlon said Friday. “A day never goes by that somebody doesn’t remind me that I was in goal for Wayne Gretzky’s first NHL goal. Now this. I hadn’t put the Lofthouse thing together. I guess I’m a good-luck charm for the family.”
Hanlon says that Ryan Walter set Lofthouse up for his first – and only — NHL hat trick.
“They were all easy tap-ins,” Hanlon jokes. “Of course Mark likes to tell it differently. He reminds me every time we see each other that they were goals worthy of a highlight reel.”
Lofthouse, born in New Westminster, recalls how teammate Guy Charron’s skate accidentally stepped on his hand at the Capitals’ bench during the first period, resulting in stitches to close cuts on three fingers. “It was touch and go whether or not I’d play the rest of the game,” Lofthouse says.
His hat trick lifted Washington to its first road win against Canadian opposition in 31 games.”
HERE ‘N’ THERE: Former Canucks GM Dave Nonis will be among the latest group of Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame inductees honoured Feb. 28. Nonis played for the BCHL Burnaby Bluehawks before leading the University of Maine to a pair of NCAA championships as team captain. Others on the impressive list of inductees: John Haar (baseball, football and soccer); Bob Mills (soccer); John Adams (rugby); John Berry (baseball, soccer); George Oswald (Notre Dame high school coach); the late Paul Savage and still active wife Margaret (SFU swimming coaches) and the 1983 Willingdon national champion Dirty Dozens women’s soccer team.
SHORT HOPS: Sunny Lenarduzzi, daughter of Bobby, makes her debut Monday (7:30 p.m.) as co-host of a new Citytv sports trivia show called Beer Money, written by Victoria-based award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist Tom Hawthorn. Sunny and comedian Andrew Barber tour Vancouver sports bars with cash in hand (beer money) looking for answers to Canucks, Lions and Whitecaps trivia questions.
END ZONE: Former Victoria Memorial Arena manager John Bate was weeding through old files this week and found a letter to Jim Pappin from Punch Imlach dated Aug. 2, 1962, inviting Pappin to training camp. By today’s standards, it’s laughable. “I expect you to come to camp in good condition and not more than seven pounds over your playing weight,” the Maple Leafs legendary coach wrote. “Be prepared to do 20 pushups, 20 sit-ups and 30 knee bends.”
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