Alex Kaleta

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Alex Kaleta
Born November 29, 1919 (1919-11-29) (age 94)
Canmore, AB, CAN
Died July 9, 1987(1987-07-09) (aged 67)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Playing career 1941–1955

Alexander "Killer" Kaleta (November 29, 1919July 9, 1987) was a professional Canadian ice hockey left winger that played 7 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers organizations. Kaleta is known for creating the hat trick tradition in hockey when he went into a Toronto shop to buy a hat but when he found one he liked he could not afford it. The shop owner made a deal with Kaleta and said that if he scored 3 goals in the next game he played he would just give him the hat free of charge. Kaleta not only scored three goals but four against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1]

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