On this day in sports history, Bill Mosienko made NHL history with a 21-second hat trick

On this day in sports history 68 years ago, Bill Mosienko scored the fastest hat trick in NHL history.

The Chicago Black Hawks captain needed just 21 seconds to make history against the New York Rangers before a crowd of 3,254. Despite trailing by four goals in the final period, Chicago won 7-6 on Mosienko’s fifth and final career hat trick of his career. 

"I remember it like it was last night," Mosienko said in the book, "The Game I'll Never Forget – 100 Hockey Stars' Stories". Just three days earlier he said, "we were thumbing through the record book. I remarked how nice it would be to have my name in there with some of the hockey greats."

Mosienko's NHL career ended in 1955 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965. He died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 72.

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