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Scott Wesley Hartnell (born April 18, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets. Hartnell was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Born (1982-04-18) April 18, 1982 (age 37)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2000
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2000–2018


Playing career


Prior to entering the NHL, Hartnell played two seasons of Canadian Junior-A hockey for the Lloydminster Blazers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).[1] He then spent two seasons playing for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In the 1999–2000 season, Hartnell, as captain, led the team with 82 points and was named team MVP.[1] He was also chosen to play for Bobby Orr in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game.[1]


Nashville Predators

Hartnell was the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Considered a gritty power forward at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, the left winger was the youngest player in franchise history to play for the Predators, as well as the youngest player in the NHL in the 2000–01 season.[2] Hartnell's first NHL game was played in Japan against the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a two-game set planned by the NHL to raise international interest in the League.[3] Hartnell has stated that this game marks his favourite NHL moment.[citation needed]

Hartnell as a Predator

Through six seasons with the Predators, Hartnell played in 453 games, accumulating 93 goals and 118 assists. During the 2003–04 season, Hartnell had three game-winning goals, two of which came in overtime. In his first career playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in 2004, he tied the team high with three points (one goal and two assists).

During the 2004–05 NHL lock-out, Hartnell helped Vålerenga win the Norwegian Championship, scoring 12 goals in 11 playoff games.[1]

In the 2005–06 season, Hartnell accumulated a career-high 25 goals and 23 assists for a total of 48 points. Additionally, Hartnell scored his first career hat-trick on February 4, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The first two goals of the trifecta were scored against Adam Munro, with the final goal coming against Craig Anderson. The following season, Hartnell continued to produce similar offensive numbers, also setting franchise records for career penalty minutes (461)[4] and for the fastest two goals by an individual (23 seconds).[5] All of this was despite a broken foot, which resulted in Hartnell missing all of March.[6]

Philadelphia Flyers

On June 18, 2007, Hartnell, along with Kimmo Timonen, were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first-round pick previously acquired from Nashville for Peter Forsberg. Hartnell almost immediately signed a six-year contract worth $25.2 million.[7]

In his first season with the Flyers, Hartnell was one of a series of five Flyers suspended for questionable on-ice hits.[8] Specifically, Hartnell was suspended for two games as a result of a hit on Andrew Alberts of the Boston Bruins.[9] Additionally, Hartnell's offensive production slowed initially. While he registered his first point as a Flyer in the home opener,[10] his first goal (an empty netter) did not come until the 16th game of the season.[11] However, his scoring began to increase around mid-season.[8] On January 8, 2007, in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Hartnell scored his 100th career goal.[12] Two days later, Hartnell was credited with his first career natural hat-trick. He scored three goals in a row in a 6–2 victory over the New York Rangers, all against Henrik Lundqvist; The first and third were scored at even strength, while the second came on the power play.[13] He managed yet another hat-trick on January 19, 2008, including the game's winner, and an assist against Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders.[14]

The 2008–09 season was successful for Hartnell. Playing mostly on the left wing of centre Jeff Carter, he posted a career-high in all offensive categories, scoring 30 goals and 30 assists for 60 points in 82 games. However, Hartnell also led the NHL in minor penalties that season, with 54. The season also saw him score two hat-tricks within nine days of each other; the first came against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 11, 2008,[15] with the second coming against the Washington Capitals on December 20.[16]

Hartnell with the Philadelphia Flyers.

After a disappointing 2009–10 regular season that saw Hartnell's numbers dip to 44 points (14 goals and 30 assists), Hartnell came alive in the playoffs when placed on a line with Daniel Brière and Ville Leino. This line helped lead the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1997. Hartnell played in all 23 games for the Flyers and scored eight goals (including two in game six of the finals) and nine assists, good enough for sixth on the Eastern Conference-winning Flyers with 17 points.

Hartnell continued to produce on a line with Brière and Leino through the 2010–11 season with 24 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. However, the Flyers struggled in the second half of the season and found an early playoff exit. Hartnell himself struggled at the beginning of the following season, with only two points in his first seven games, but would heat up after being placed on a line with Jaromír Jágr and Claude Giroux. On December 13, 2011, Hartnell scored his 200th career goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Tomáš Vokoun, which also was Hartnell's sixth goal in six games.[17]

Hartnell finished the 2011–12 season with a career-high 37 goals. In a late regular season game against Pittsburgh, Hartnell mocked a Penguins fan dressed as Hulk Hogan sitting directly behind the Flyers bench. This caused the Flyers organization to create a special T-shirt with Hartnell's "Hogan" gesture on it, which was given to every fan in attendance for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the same Penguins.[18]

The 2012–13 season proved to be one of the worst seasons Hartnell had experienced in his professional career. After a year in which he scored career highs in goals (37), points (67) and plus-minus rating (+19) and tied a then-career high in assists (30), Hartnell produced just eight goals and three assists for 11 points on the season. He was held scoreless in 25 out of the 32 games he played during the season, while also missing 16 games due to an injury. In addition to his poor scoring, his play caused him to be taken off of his normal line at times, which was centred by Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Moreover, to cap off a disappointing individual season, the Flyers missed out on the year's playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets

On June 23, 2014, Hartnell was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R. J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick.[19] In the 2014–15 season, on November 14, 2014 Hartnell made his return with Columbus to Philadelphia. He enjoyed a productive season with 28 goals and 32 assists in his first year with the Blue Jackets.

After his third season with the Blue Jackets in 2016–17, and having collected 146 points in 234 games with the club, the Blue Jackets in need of additional cap space and aimed towards improving their depth opted to buy out Hartnell from the remaining two years of his contract on June 29, 2017.[20]

Return to Nashville

On July 1, 2017, Hartnell returned to the Predators, signing a one-year, $1 million contract.[21] In his return, Hartnell recorded 13 goals and 24 points in 62 games.

On October 1, 2018, Hartnell announced his retirement from professional hockey after seventeen seasons.[22]

Player profile

Hartnell during the 2010–11 season.

Hartnell is a gritty power forward who usually positions himself in close to the net and scores the majority of his goals off deflections and rebounds. He does also produce the occasional big hit and will fight if challenged. Though prone to taking minor penalties, he is also a defensively-sound player, capable of killing penalties and usually either plus or even at the end of most nights. He is also considered a decent player on a breakaway and has become a much better player in the shootout.

Hartnell is also known for his long, bushy hair. On March 26, 2009, the Flyers held "Hartnell Wig Night," where fans attending the game were given wigs resembling his hair.[23] On October 23, 2010, Hartnell revealed he had cut his bushy hair off and donated it to Locks of Love. Hartnell has also displayed bizarre on-ice and off-ice behaviour from time to time. He stole the glove off New York Rangers forward Chris Drury during a game on January 31, 2008.[24] Another glove-related incident occurred on December 2, 2008, when Hartnell threw his glove at Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone in an attempt to stop a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot for Malone.[25]

In the closing seconds of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 9, 2009, Hartnell and Penguins defenceman Kris Letang engaged in a scrum, resulting in a two-minute minor penalty for roughing for Hartnell.[26] After the fight, Letang left the ice holding his hand and told the referee that Hartnell had bit him on his hand.[26] The NHL reviewed the broadcast footage of the incident, finding "no clear video evidence" of the biting and opted not to suspend Hartnell for the incident.[26]

A previous Penguins-related incident showcased Hartnell's good nature in an interaction with a Penguins fan taunting him with an orange wig and Flyers number 19 jersey bearing the name "Fartsmell" in a game played in Pittsburgh on March 22, 2009. Hartnell autographed that jersey (signing it "To my biggest fan!! Your bud Scott Fartsmell 19") as well as giving his game-used stick to that fan.[27][28][29] Similar to a Gordie Howe hat trick, a Harttrick occurs when a player has a goal, a fight and a fall in a game. During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Hartnell was seen mocking a Penguins fan dressed as Hulk Hogan behind the Flyers bench, which drew laughter from the television broadcast team working the game.[30]

Personal life

Hartnell's parents, Bill and Joy Hartnell, are both teachers in Lloydminster, Alberta. His nickname is Bird Dogg.[31] Hartnell is, together with his former Flyers teammates Kimmo Timonen and Sami Kapanen, one of the owners of the Finnish Liiga hockey team KalPa. In 2009, Hartnell was crowned as the NHL Poker Champion, defeating Roberto Luongo in the final of the tournament.[32]

In 2012, Hartnell appeared in the movie This is 40 alongside James van Riemsdyk, Ian Laperrière and Matt Carle.


In early 2012, Hartnell founded the #HartnellDown Foundation as a way to provide support to charities that support hockey, children and communities around the United States and Canada. It started as a Twitter following to keep track of the number of times Hartnell would fall down during the NHL season. When Hartnell himself joined Twitter, rather than taking offence, he embraced the catchphrase and began to sell merchandise that had it printed on it with the proceeds going to Hartnell's favourite hockey-related charities. At the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, Hartnell donated $1,000 to charity for every "#hartnelldown" mention that was tweeted during the competition.


  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for fastest two goals scored by an individual (23 seconds).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Lloydminster Blazers AJHL 56 9 25 34 82 4 2 1 3 8
1997–98 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 1 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 65 10 34 44 104 14 0 5 5 22
1999–00 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 62 27 55 82 124 6 3 2 5 6
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 75 2 14 16 48
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 75 14 27 41 111
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 22 34 101
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 59 18 15 33 87 6 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Vålerenga GET 28 17 12 29 103 11 12 7 19 24
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 81 25 23 48 101 5 1 0 1 4
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 64 22 17 39 96 5 1 1 2 28
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 24 19 43 159 17 3 4 7 20
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 30 30 60 143 6 1 1 2 23
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 14 30 44 155 23 8 9 17 25
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 24 25 49 142 11 1 3 4 23
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 37 30 67 136 11 3 5 8 15
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 8 3 11 70
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 20 32 52 103 7 0 3 3 6
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 28 32 60 100
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 23 26 49 112
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 13 24 37 63 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 62 13 11 24 82 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1,249 327 380 707 1,809 99 19 28 47 146


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WC 4th 9 1 0 1 4
Senior totals 9 1 0 1 4

Awards and honours


  1. ^ a b c d NHL Players Association. NHL Player Bio: Scott Hartnell. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  2. ^ "Predators praying to join playoff hunt", ESPN, September 30, 2002. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Smaal, Rob. "Jagr's Penguins to take on Predators in Japan", The Japan Times, June 8, 2000. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  4. ^ The Canadian Press. "Timonen scores a power-play goal as Predators top Red Wings 6-2", The Hockey News, November 25, 2006. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  5. ^ Sports Network. "Phoenix 1, Nashville 4", TSN, February 19, 2007. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Staff. "Predators' Hartnell out up to six weeks", TSN, February 25, 2007. Retrieved on January 17, 2008ž.
  7. ^ McKenzie, Bob. "Flyers acquire, sign Hartnell and Timonen", TSN, June 18, 2007. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  8. ^ a b Parillo, Ray. "Flyers' Hartnell flourishes with new linemates", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Panaccio, Tim. "Flyers' Hartnell suspended for two games", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2007. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  10. ^ Kurz, Kevin. "Flyers Win Home Opener, 3-1",, October 13, 2007. Retrieved on January 17, 2008.
  11. ^ Siville, Joe. "Special Teams Paces Flyers to 5-2 Win",, November 10, 2007. Retrieved on January 17, 2008.
  12. ^ Associated Press. "Carter scores twice in 13 seconds, lifts Flyers past Thrashers", ESPN, January 8, 2008. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  13. ^ Kurz, Kevin. "Hartnell's natural hat trick lifts Flyers",, January 10, 2008. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.
  14. ^ Associated Press. "New York proves lucky for Hartnell, who scores hat trick for Flyers", ESPN, January 19, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2008.
  15. ^ Associated Press. "Hartnell paces Flyers rally with hat trick", Yahoo, December 11, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  16. ^ The Canadian Press. "Hartnell scores hat trick as Flyers trounce Capitals 7-1", The Hockey News, December 20, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  17. ^ Associated Press (December 13, 2011). "Flyers 5, Capitals 1". Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  18. ^ Sean Leahy (April 15, 2012). "Flyers' Game 3 giveaway inspired by Hartnell, Hulk Hogan Penguins fan exchange". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  19. ^ Ruby, Tyler. "Philadelphia Flyers Trade Scott Hartnell to Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger." June 23, 2014. Sports Media 101. [1]
  20. ^ "Jackets buy out veteran Scott Hartnell". The Sports Network. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Hartnell returns to the Predators". July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  22. ^ Bratten, Brooks (October 1, 2018). "Former Preds Forward Hartnell Announces Retirement". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  23. ^ Panaccio, Tim. "Hartnell Gets His Tribute Night", March 26, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  24. ^ Youtube, "Chris Drury has his glove stolen by Scott Hartnell", January 31, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  25. ^ Associated Press, "Flyers 4, Lighting 3, OT",, December 2, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  26. ^ a b c news services, "Lack of proof clears Hartnell", ESPN, October 9, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  27. ^ Myers, Alison (February 9, 2012). "Pittsburgh Penguins: Their 10 Most Hated Opposing Players". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  28. ^ Empty Netters. "Scott Hartnell - An alright dude", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 23, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  29. ^ "Is Scott Hartnell Converting the Heathens in Pittsburgh?". NBC. March 25, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  30. ^ Goss, Nicholas (April 1, 2012). "Scott Hartnell Video: Watch Flyers Star's Hulk Hogan Routine Toward Penguins Fan". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  31. ^ "Scott Hartnell Official Player Page". Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  32. ^ Matthew Showell (July 23, 2010). "Hartnell bests Luongo in NHL poker tournament". Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian Finley
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Dan Hamhuis