Neighborhood kids pay tribute to NHL player with surprise hat toss -- and it’s oh-so heartwarming

Photo by Rich Lam.
Photo by Rich Lam. (Getty Images)

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This was a neat trick to help celebrate a hat trick.

When someone in the National Hockey League scores three goals in a game, there’s a ritual in which fans throw hats on the ice to pay tribute to the player and the feat.

That didn’t happen for Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle when he recorded his first career hat trick on May 8 against Winnipeg, because there were no fans in the stands due to COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario.

But days later, kids in Stutzle’s neighborhood made sure he had an even better tribute for his achievement.

Organized by neighbor Andy Morrisey, area kids gathered behind Stutzle’s house, and when prompted, as soon as Stutzle walked out onto his deck, they threw a bunch of hats out to pay tribute.

A sweet video of the moment can be seen by clicking or tapping here.

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