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DIGGIN' IN THE CORNERS: UPSHALL MULLS HAT SURPLUS

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Scottie Upshall had a big, clear plastic bag filled with fans’ hats waiting for him inside the Coyotes dressing room after Phoenix’s 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Jan. 21.


Scottie Upshall
With the Coyotes trailing 2-1 in the third period, Upshall scored three goals within a span of 10:25 to lift Phoenix to victory.

The natural hat trick was the first of Upshall’s NHL career and it meant a lot to him because it came against Nashville, the team that drafted him in 2002 and subsequently traded him to Philadelphia in 2007.

“I had a couple hat tricks in the minors, but to be able to get one at this level on home ice against my old team was pretty special,” Upshall said.

Nearly a week later, Upshall, who has been on the team's road trip the past five days, still is pondering what he will do with the hats, which Coyotes fans launched onto the ice after his third goal.

“It was exciting to have a big bag of hats waiting for me when I got back to my stall,” Upshall said. “It was pretty overwhelming. In a way, I wish I could sign them all and give them all back to the people who owned them but that’s pretty far-fetched so I will probably end up giving them to some kids who would enjoy a new hat.”

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