Boone Jenner had plenty of reason to smile after doing something he hadn’t done since his junior hockey days with the Oshawa Generals.
The Columbus Blue Jackets forward recorded his first NHL hat trick in a 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins, Mar. 13, at Nationwide Arena.
Jenner, a second-round pick (37 overall) of the Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has 111 career goals in 407 games, but had yet to score three times in a contest in his six seasons with Columbus.
The last time he had accomplished the feat was back in the OHL when he recorded the hat trick to lead Oshawa to a 7-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs on March 8, 2013.
Jenner had just returned to the lineup after missing a game against the New York Islanders the night before with a fever.
“It’s definitely nice,” the 25-year-old told NHL.com. “I think it’s just something you want to get as a player, I guess. It’s a good feeling.”
The six-foot-two, 206-pound centre has 15 goals and 19 assists in 65 games with the Blue Jackets this season.
Jenner was a fourth overall pick of the Generals in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. He spent four seasons in Oshawa, racking up an impressive 111 goals and 135 assists for 246 points in 227 career games with the Generals.
photo: Former Oshawa General Boone Jenner, centre in photo, recorded his first NHL hat trick to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins, in NHL action, Mar. 12, at Nationwide Arena. OHL photo