Mogilny’s Sombrero Night Hat Trick: Pictures and Video!
(We’ve made this old post “sticky” today, in honor of Alex the Great’s birthday [Feb 18, 1969]. Enjoy.)
Thank you, JimmyJ9989, of the miracle that is Youtube.
I have been trying to locate a picture of this iconic Sabres moment for years. Today, that search finally paid off.
The tale of the tape:
December 24th, 1992. In a slightly off-beat Christmas gesture to their fan base, the Buffalo Sabres hand out free sombreros to a bunch of lucky fans in a certain section of the Aud.
This was the season that Mogilny scored 76 goals (in 77 games). Already, this early into the season, many fans were saying to each other, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if he got a hat trick tonight?”
With all the good-times flair that was the 1992-93 Sabres, Buffalo beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 – with Mogilny capping off his natural hat trick with 5:25 left in the 2nd period. The sombreros came tumbling down to the ice.
Mogilny was often considered an enigma for many of his playing days here, but his fun-loving nature in 1992-93 can’t be denied. During the three star selections, Mogilny came skating out on the ice, wearing, of course, one of those sombreros. Here is a video highlighting that season, with Mogilny and his Mexican nap-hat making their appearance at the 3:35 mark.
For those video challenged out there, here’s a grainy screen-grab. If anyone has a better picture of this, please let me know.
next post: June 22nd, 1999: After “No Goal,” a Rally, not a Riot