Keith Tkachuk sets the record straight on why he wouldn't throw his hat on the ice following Matthew Tkachuk's hat trick goal

Didn't know Big Walt was a superstitious guy!


If you missed last night's INSANE Game 1 action in the Battle of Alberta, do yourself a favor and fire up these highlights immediately:

Needless to say, it was an absolutely WILD game that harkened back to the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. 

The Calgary faithful were on their feet for the majority of the game and they were given PLENTY to cheer for throughout the game. But the best celebration of the night may have been late in the 3rd period when Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk potted his hat trick goal into an empty net to ice the game 9-6.

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The best, to me though, was when cameras panned to Matthew's father Keith Tkachuk who emphatically refused to throw his hat on the ice in celebration.

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That's an emphatic "Noooooo", followed by a "it's my favorite hat." 

Fortunately, Flames reporter Eric Francis reached out to the elder Tkachuk directly to get his reasoning for not doffing his cap and... well frankly, it's perfect.

Check it out:

“I’m not throwing my hat. We’re 3-0 when I wear that hat, and the net was there anyway. I don’t listen to anybody… except Chantal (his wife).”

- Keith Tkachuk

Never pegged Big Walt as a superstitious guy! But he's a smart man for listening to his wife.