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ST. LOUIS - Google "hat trick" and you learn more than you ever imagined about the simple term most used to describe three goals by a hockey player in one game.

Apparently the term was first used in cricket in the 1800s. It didn't become common speak in the National Hockey League until the 40s; in the 50s fans started another tradition.

A tradition that requires the maintenance and ice crews to come in and quickly clear the ice of hats. Every lid that lands on the ice is bagged and given to the Blues player who scored the three goals. Interesting factoid: Brett Hull scored 27 hat tricks throughout his career. That's a lot of hat wrangling.

The player who scored the hat trick then sorts through them, keeps what he wants, and the rest are donated to St. Patrick Center making a hat trick at Scottrade even more special.

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