Carter Hart is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL.
The Flyers drafted Hart in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft; he was the highest-drafted goaltender that year.
Hart made his NHL debut in 2018, and he won a postseason game in 2020, making him the youngest goaltender in Flyers history.
Internationally, Hart has represented Canada at several international tournaments, including the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the IIHF World U20 Championship, and the Ice Hockey World Championships.
He finished his WHL career with an overall record of 116-46-19, a 2.01 GAA, a 927 save percentage, and 26 shutouts.
Carter Hart’s salary is $4,479,000, and his cap hit is $3,979,000 for the 2023-24 season. Additionally, he was a three-time winner of the Del Wilson Trophy, a two-time CHL Goaltender of the Year, and a recipient of the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy.
What happened to Carter Hart?
On January 23, 2024, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that goalie Carter Hart had been granted an indefinite leave of absence.
The Flyers general manager, David Briere, announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the leave was due to personal reasons.
Carter has not publicly commented on the situation. As of January 23, 2024, his Instagram page has been switched to private.
There are no concrete details about why the Flyers’ starting goaltender is leaving the team.
Did Carter Hart leave the Flyers?
Carter Hart requested and received an indefinite leave of absence from the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday due to personal reasons.
“The club will have no further comment at this time,” general manager Daniel Briere said in a Flyers press release.
Owen Tippett placed on IR
Following the Hart news, the Flyers announced that right winger Owen Tippet had been placed on injured reserve after leaving Saturday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body injury.
Tippet has 30 points and 18 goals in 46 games for the Flyers this season, placing him second and tied for third on the team.
Fans speculate that Carter Hart’s indefinite leave of absence is due to alleged involvement in the 2018 WJC s*x scandal
Fans have speculated that his absence may indicate his involvement in the 2018 World Junior Championship sexual abuse scandal.
Many people are surprised by Hart’s absence, and the timing has sparked speculation about a possible link to the ongoing investigation into the 2018 WJC incident.
Carter Hart’s absence comes after his recent struggles with an undisclosed illness that resulted in weight loss and limited his playing time in December.
He had expressed optimism about addressing the issue and getting back on track. The goaltender has been an important player for the Flyers, earning team MVP honors last season.