Goaltending has been an issue all season for the Philadelphia Flyers, but on Tuesday fans will get to see the team’s goalie of the future for the first time.
Carter Hart, 20, has been tapped to start against the Detroit Red Wings by head coach Scott Gordon, also making his Flyers debut in the game.
Hart will be the sixth goalie to start a game for the Flyers this season, but his minor-league success has given hope to a fanbase that has consistently been let down by goaltending in recent years.
“We have some injuries in goal and we’ve tried every goalie in our organization,” GM Chuck Fletcher said when announcing Hart had been called up on Monday. “It’s probably not the ideal time to give Carter a game but Carter’s playing really well and he’s a professional hockey player, he’s a strong kid mentally, and he’ll go in and give his best.”
Hart has appeared in 17 games with the Leigh Valley Phantoms this season, his first in the AHL. He has a 9-5-2 record with a .901 save percentage, 3.05 goals-against average and one shutout, but he’s hit his stride in the last month, going 4-1-0 since Nov. 30, giving up two goals or less in the four wins.
Canadian hockey fans will remember Hart as the starter for Canada at the last two world junior hockey championships, winning the gold medal at last year’s tournament.