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Flyers prospect Carter Hart makes WHL history

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Flyers prospect Carter Hart makes WHL history

More WHL history for Flyers goaltending prospect Carter Hart.

Hart on Wednesday afternoon was named the 2017-18 Del Wilson Memorial Trophy winner for the third consecutive season, becoming the first goalie to win the award three times.

The 19-year-old also tied the WHL record for all-time shutouts (26) after recording seven this season. He posted a 1.60 goals-against average with a .947 save percentage in 41 games. He lost just 10 total games in the regular season.

Hart's team, Everett, is in the WHL Final against Swift Current. If the Silvertips win, they'll advance to the Memorial Cup.

A 2016 second-round pick, Hart led the WHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. He missed time to play in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships and he also dealt with mono.

It's expected that Hart will again be a finalist for the CHL Goaltender of the Year award, an honor he took home in 2015-16. He was a finalist in 2016-17 for the award but didn't win it. Owen Sound's Michael McNiven won it last year.

Hart can become the first goalie ever to win the CHL Goaltender of the Year award twice.

With his junior career over after the postseason, Hart will turn pro in 2018-19. He's expected to spend at least the start of the season in Lehigh Valley, but Ron Hextall didn't shut the door completely on him being in the NHL at some point next season.

"I have no idea," Hextall said last week if Hart needs a full season with the Phantoms. "That's a hypothetical question. Everyone will be given that opportunity. We don't pre-determine decisions. I’m not going to sit here right now and say, ‘Any young player’s not going to play for our team.’ We’re not going to sit here and say who will or who won’t. That’s not fair."

Sights and scenes from Flyers' 2019-20 'Meet the Team' day for fans

Sights and scenes from Flyers' 2019-20 'Meet the Team' day for fans

Before welcoming the rival Penguins to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, the Flyers hosted their fans Sunday for the annual "Meet the Team" event.

The day consists of season ticket holders getting to meet their favorite players, take pictures, ask for autographs and skate on the Wells Fargo Center ice.

Following Tuesday's game, the Flyers go on their NHL-mandated bye week from Jan. 22-30.

So Sunday gave the fans a timely up-close-and-personal look at their 2019-20 Flyers before the extended break.

Here are some sights and scenes from the event:

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

Couldn't make it out to 80s night at the Wells Fargo Center? Fret not. The wonderful existence of social media will allow you to feel the nostalgia of the decade.

Or at least what it would have been like ... since I was born in '97.

The Flyers hosted the Kings Saturday night and pulled out a 4-1 victory (see observations). Aside from the exciting performance from the orange and black on the ice, what the Flyers were able to put together off the ice made for a perfect event … if you liked the 80s, teased hair, neon colors and parachute pants, of course.

To kick things off, the Flyers and their in-arena host Andrea Helfrich released videos leading up to puck drop with some of the biggest hits and games of the decade.

While Justin Braun didn't seem too thrilled with the game choices, Michael Raffl was having a field day.

We even got to hear Jakub Voracek and Kevin Hayes jam out to two iconic songs and has us wondering if there are any other videos of the team singing and if so, send them our way.

Side note — is anyone else jealous of Hayes' vocal range?

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of a theme night has to be the attire ... and everyone was joining in on the fun.


And c'mon. Gritty dressed as Mr. T? I pity the fools who don't like this kind of content.


The Flyers outdid themselves with the graphics tonight, too. From the in-arena content, to social media — it certainly made everyone wish that every night could be 80's night.

 

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