"This is the first time I've had the hat...and I make it look pretty good."
--Joffrey Lupul (at 2:45)
So said yesterday's two time goal scorer Joffrey Lupul in a post game interview, setting yours truly on an odyssey through the Flyers TV video archives of unprecedented ambition. I had noticed the ugly orange Flyers trucker hat before, but had never thought too much of it. It looks like it was probably made in the 80s, and found in some old supply closet at the Spectrum. My dad has a bunch just like it in his closet at home, though mostly in black, not that beautifully Flyersy orange.
The hat clearly serves as a sort of player of the game award, likely bestowed by John Stevens after each win. I had never heard the hat directly referenced before Lupul's comments, so hadn't picked up on any patterns previously. So I went digging.
And now, I present to you, the results of my research into every Flyers win in 2009, in order to forever immortalize the men whose triumphs earned them each The Hat.
Nashville 3/7/09 -- Joffrey Lupul (2 goals).
Washington 2/24/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Buffalo 2/19/09 -- Mike Richards (2 goals and 3 assists)
NY Rangers 2/15/09 -- Claude Giroux (1 goal and 2 assists)
NY Islanders 2/14/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Atlanta 2/8/09 -- Scott Hartnell (2 assists and ZERO(!) penalties)
Boston 2/7/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Tampa Bay 1/30/09 -- Antero Niittymaki (42 shots, 41 saves, and an assist).
Atlanta 1/21/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Niitty appears to be the only two-time hat winner
Toronto 1/10/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Minnesota 1/8/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
Anaheim 1/2/09 -- The Hat not seen in interviews.
I skimmed a few 2008 videos, but The Hat doesn't seem to make any appearances. before that Florida game in January.