Colton Sissons scored three goals for Nashville in the Predators’ Campbell Bowl-clinching 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday, and as per tradition, the home fans at Bridgestone Arena celebrated the feat by flooding the ice with baseball caps — and one giant catfish. Sissions’ hat trick was the fourth of these Stanley Cup playoffs and the 63rd since the start of the NHL season, and considering that 37 of those hat tricks have come on the player’s home ice, there’s been plenty of clean-up for the league’s ice crews to do. But what happens to all the hats once they’re scooped up and removed from the ice? Every arena has its own method for handling those situations, but typically, these are the most popular solutions to one of hockey’s favorite problems.
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The fans can retrieve them
In many cases, teams actually give their fans an opportunity to get their hats back, acting as an unofficial lost and found in the days following a hat trick. The Ottawa Senators, for example, give fans two weeks to collect their caps, provided that the spectator in question can provide a “specific description” of the item they threw. And other teams enforce similar policies. However, teams also typically offer deals on new hats in the team store after a player records a hat trick — the Tampa Bay Lightning give season-ticket holders a 50 percent discount — so unless the hat you threw holds sentimental value, it might just be easier to buy a new one.
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Be cool about throwing CATFISH
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