On March 23, 1952, the Blackhawks were playing their regular season finale in New York against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks were trailing 6-2 in the third period when Bill Mosienko accomplished a feat that has stood for well over a half century.
Mosienko scored three consecutive goals in a span of 21 seconds, an NHL record that will stand for all time. Mosienko’s incredible hat trick closed the gap to 6-5, and the Blackhawks ended up winning the game 7-6 behind a five-goal third period.
Mosienko played all 14 seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. His Hall of Fame career included 258 goals, and he was a five time 20-goal scorer. As the video stated, Mosienko played on the famous “Pony Line” with the Bentley brothers. Mosienko won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1945 as the most gentlemanly player in the league.
Mosienko’s career as a Blackhawk is sometimes forgotten due to its distance in history. Mosienko played during the Original Six Era when the NHL was slowly forming into the league it is today. He played alongside some of the greatest to ever play the game: Howe, Richard, and others. But his heroic achievement of scoring three goals in 21 seconds made his name one that will never be forgotten. Bill Mosienko passed away on July 9, 1994 at the age of 72 in Winnipeg.
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