Jean-Gabriel Pageau's four-goal game cost Daxton Markwick his hat, but the Ottawa Senators forward appears prepared to make it up to the 9-year-old Ottawa native.
Markwick tossed his hat onto the ice after Pageau scored his third goal during the Senators' 6-5 double-overtime win against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Saturday. When Trina Fraser made Pageau aware of her son's lost lid, he offered to Markwick a new one.
"I figured a bazillion people would be tweeting at [Pageau] after the game," Fraser told NHL.com. "I didn't expect a response. I just wanted to say thank you to him because the smile he put on my kid's face was ear to ear."
Fraser, a lawyer based in Ottawa, sent Pageau a Twitter message Monday, and he responded by requesting their address. He did not specify what he would be sending, but it presumably would be a new hat, and Markwick was ecstatic at the prospect of getting something from Pageau.
"When he heard Pageau had seen his picture and retweeted it, he was over the moon," Fraser said. "He was definitely stoked at the thought of receiving a hat directly from him."
Pageau's third goal was a redirection of Kyle Turris' shot that tied the score 5-5 with 1:02 left in the third period. Fraser initially didn't see Pageau tip the puck, but Markwick did and sped down the arena stairs to make sure his hat would reach the ice.
"He was thrilled to be able to throw his hat on the ice," Fraser said. "I didn't clue in that that was [Pageau's] third goal, and he went tearing down the stairs to throw his hat on the ice. I asked him where he was going and he screamed, 'Hat trick! Hat trick!' He chucked that hat as hard as he could."
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It was Markwick's first opportunity to toss his hat on the ice for a hat trick, but he almost didn't make it to Canadian Tire Centre for the afternoon start. He had a youth hockey game in Barrhaven, about 13 miles west of the arena, and just made it in time for the opening faceoff.
Saturday apparently was Markwick's lucky day. Besides watching his favorite team rally from three two-goal deficits, he also won a $100 gift card to the team store at Canadian Tire Centre earlier in the day. After Pageau's fourth goal won the game for Ottawa, Markwick used the card for a new Senators hat, though it may not get much use if Pageau sends one.
"He won't even wear that one if he gets one from Pageau," Fraser said.
Besides a surplus of Senators hats, Markwick will also have a great memory of the time he lost his lid celebrating a Senators win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Up to five minutes left in the third period, we were thinking it wasn't going to be a good ending," Fraser said. "But for what happened after that, it was something he'll never forget."