Today in Sports History: October 20

Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scored his 30th career hat trick during a 1984 game. According to the NHL website, a hat trick is when a player scores three goals in a game and fans reciprocate by tossing hats into the rink. This feat came as no surprise for Islanders fans, since Bossy scored more than 50 goals nine straight times in his 1977-78 rookie season. Due to a back injury, Bossy retired from the NHL after 10 seasons. Bossy ended his NHL career with 573 goals and 553 assists in only 752 games and held the record for most goals per season average with 57.3. he was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1991 and the islanders retired his #22 the next year.

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