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Hockey Things: What Caught Our Eye Last Week (April 4 Edition)

Incredible aim, an incredible career and an incredible goal highlights the best of hockey from the past week.
Rick Jeanneret

April. The month that signals the beginning of the end for North American hockey leagues, including the NHL's regular season.

Here's a look at three things that caught our eye last week:

The Greatest hat trick came from a fan in Newark. Get it? Hat trick? 

Sunday was the Jean-Gabriel Pageau Show in New Jersey. The New York Islanders forward recorded the fourth hat trick of his career and added an assist in his team's 4-3 win.

You don't typically see many players getting praised for hat tricks on the road. But one fan wanted to show his respect with a hat toss and found a fitting target: Pageu's stick. 

The odds of that working? So, so minuscule. Maybe fans should have thrown jerseys or food to see if they could land another bullseye.

You have to wonder if the New York Jets or Giants will come calling for the fan after that display of accuracy. 

Rick Jeanneret takes his place as a Sabres icon in the rafters 

Whenever the greatest play-by-play voices in hockey history are discussed, Rick Jeanneret's name always be mentioned. The long-time voice of the Buffalo Sabres is retiring after this season, his 51st of calling games on both radio and television. 

On Friday, the Sabres had a pre-game ceremony to honor him, with Jeanneret becoming one of the few non-players in the sport to get his own banner. 

The microphone on the banner was a nice touch, too.

The Michigan is for the children

It seems like at almost every level of hockey we're now seeing a player scoring a "Michigan" goal. 

In a 14U tournament on Sunday, Nicole Gorbatenko of the Chicago Mission AAA scored a game-winning goal to advance to the semifinals with the electric move.

We're seeing the next generation of players being able to execute the play with amazing ability. It makes you wonder what the next highlight-generating play will come next. 

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