Carter Hart (born August 13, 1998) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the second round, 48th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, the first goaltender selected that year. He previously played junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Hart after first NHL game and victory, December 18, 2018
August 13, 1998|
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|NHL team||Philadelphia Flyers|
48th overall, 2016|
In Hart's first career start, the 2014–15 WHL season opener at age 16, he recorded a 26-save shutout win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Hart finished his rookie season with an 18–5–2–3 record, a 2.29 goals against average (GAA) and a .915 save percentage.
Hart was considered one of the top goaltender prospects in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Now, Hart is still considered a top prospect not only for the Flyers, but for all young goaltenders in the NHL. NHL Central Scouting named him the top available North American goaltender in their 2016 midterm rankings. He was named the CHL Goaltender of the Year for 2016 on May 28, 2016. He finished the year as the second-ranked North American goaltender in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings.
Hart was named both the WHL Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year for the 2017–18 WHL season after he compiled a 1.60 GAA, a 0.947 save percentage and seven shutouts. In addition to being named WHL Goalie of the Year for the 2017–18 season, he was named CHL Goaltender of the Year for the second time, the first being in 2016. He was the first goaltender in CHL history to win the award twice.
Hart's junior career will be remembered as one of the best careers in junior hockey history. In parts of five seasons, he boasts a 116–46–19 record, with a 2.01 GAA, a .927 save percentage and 26 shutouts. The latter tied for most in CHL history.
Hart began the 2018–19 season with the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He was recalled on December 17, 2018, after goaltender Anthony Stolarz was placed on injured reserve. Hart made his NHL debut the following day in a 3–2 win over the Detroit Red Wings and was named first star of the game. He became the youngest goaltender since Carey Price to win in his NHL debut and the youngest ever in Flyers history. After recording his fourth straight win as an NHL starter against the Winnipeg Jets on January 28, Hart became the first goaltender since Steve Mason to record four straight wins as a starter before the age of 21. Hart was named NHL Rookie of the Month for January 2019, going 6–2–1 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. He was later named the NHL Second Star of the Week for the week of February 4 after going 3–0–0 and extending his win streak to six. Hart was also one of eight goaltenders Philadelphia used during the season, setting a new record for the NHL.
Hart attended the Flyers training camp prior to the 2019–20 season. He entered the preseason weighing 191 pounds, nearly 10 more than the previous season. On October 9, after defeating the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4–0 in Philadelphia's home opener, Hart became the youngest goaltender in Flyers franchise history to record a shutout, doing so at the age of 21 years, 57 days.
Hart was selected to goaltend for Canada at the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver. He was again selected for Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, this time winning gold. During the 2018 tournament, Hart recorded a .929 save percentage, 1.81 goals against average, and 1 shutout in 6 games played.
On April 29, 2019, he was officially named to the Team Canada roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. As the backup goaltender to Matt Murray, Hart collected 3 wins in as many games to help Canada progress through to the playoff rounds before losing the final to Finland to finish with the Silver Medal on May 26, 2019.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2018–19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||18||9||6||1||1005||51||1||3.05||.902||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
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- Hall, Jordan (25 May 2018). "Are Flyers next? How Carter Hart won over his junior GM". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "Flyers recall Carter Hart from Phantoms". NHL.com. December 17, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- "Gordon, Hart win debuts with Flyers against Red Wings". NHL.com. December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
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- Kimelman, Adam (January 28, 2019). "Hart makes 31 saves for Flyers in victory against Jets". NHL.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- "Hart named NHL Rookie of the Month for January". February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- "Roslovic leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Kimelman, Adam (February 28, 2019). "Flyers to set NHL record with eighth goalie used this season". NHL.com. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
- Hall, Jordan (September 22, 2019). "Need breakfast tips? Flyers goalie Carter Hart has a healthy one". nbcsports.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
- @PR_NHL (October 9, 2019). "Carter Hart (21 years, 57 days) became the youngest goaltender in Flyers franchise history to post a shutout. #NHLStats" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Kennedy, Ryan (January 5, 2018). "2018 WJC: CARTER HART AND CANADA GET REDEMPTION WITH WORLD JUNIOR GOLD". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- "IIHF ICE HOCKEY U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Goalkeepers" (PDF). reports.iihf.hockey. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Hockey Canada names 22 players to 2019 IIHF World Championship roster". www.hockeycanada.ca. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
- "Finland defeats Canada for Gold Medal at World Championship". The Sports Network. May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
- "Carter Hart named NHL Rookie of the Month". Philadelphia Flyers. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Carter Hart named NHL's Second Star of the Week". Philadelphia Flyers. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.