After finally fulfilling his dream of playing in the NHL, Carter Hart is as cool as a cucumber and confident in just his first season with the Flyers. Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that this young man would steal the show in the season finale?
You would think he would be scatter-brained after being called up to the big club on December 18, 2018. Amidst the whirlwind end to 2018 and thunderous start to the new year, Hart lived in hotel rooms, yet somehow, the rookie remained composed, claiming to me last month it’s, “Part of the business.”
Hart has electrified this fanbase and gives the orange and black hope for the future. After losing the season finale 4-3 against the Carolina Hurricanes last night. Hart ends his season on a high as he played solidly against the Canes, and he takes with him the thrill of his rookie season. A rookie campaign that was filled with a lot of highs, and very little lows for himself personally. As Hart entered the locker room last night he gave a hug to the locker room attendant, and said: “Thank you.”
He’s simply the man. Hart loves the fans of Philadelphia, and the city loves him back. He provides hope for the future, as a critical offseason looms for the orange and black. There is one thing that is set in stone, however, and that is who the starting goaltender is next season.
Some people said he wasn’t ready for the big show, while others thought he was. Hart was built for this moment in the NHL, and he has really shown why he was considered the savior of the franchise. For the season, he finished was 16-13-1, had a 2.83 GAA, and owned a .917 Save Percentage. Should we be surprised? Absolutely not, Hart was built for this moment.
Philly this one’s for you. Without the Flyers faithful support, this team wouldn’t exist today. It was a tough season nonetheless, but we all got through it. Fortunately, Hart is here, and he will right the ship next season for the orange and black.
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