There are times during the summer months that players will fly into town for a few days and check in with teammates, get a skate in on their own and take care of some personal business. For Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, that was last week... and what a packed couple of days it was for him.
Before he departed for Alberta for the rest of the summer, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com caught up with him for a quick Q & A.
WHAT BRINGS YOU INTO TOWN MID-SUMMER?
"Well, a few things. I have to look for a new place in Philly and I don't want to be scrambling when I come back for camp. I want to be settled in and ready to go from Day 1. I also met with Oz (Chris Osmond, Flyers Strength & Conditioning Coach) to go over a few things. I was lucky enough to host Brandon Hull and skate with him while I was here - that was really, really great to do that. Lastly, I wanted to get a nice cheesesteak - I've been craving one for a while!"
Video: Carter Hart skates with Brandon Hull
HOW HAS THIS SUMMER BEEN DIFFERENT THAT THE PAST SUMMERS?
"I took the full month of June off. I got back May 27th from World Championships and haven't skated since, so while I'm in town I wanted to go on the ice on my own. That's probably one of the longest stretches I've been off the ice and now it really feels good to get back out there to just feel the ice again."
YOU MENTIONED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, YOU'RE NO STRANGER TO PLAYING FOR HOCKEY CANADA, BUT HOW WAS THIS DIFFERENT?
"This is different because you're playing with pro's. It's not World Juniors where you're just playing with only teenagers. Now you're playing with professional hockey players all around the world. It's a really cool event that's held mostly in Europe somewhere and the cities get really involved with it. You're also around, specifically with me for Canada, the elite players that are leading the NHL."
WHEN YOU'RE AROUND THOSE PLAYERS WHO YOU'RE NOT USUALLY TEAMMATES WITH, DID YOU KNOW ANYONE OTHER THAN THE FLYERS OR HANG OUT WITH ANYONE IN PARTICULAR?
"I was roommates with MacKenzie Blackwood (NJ Devils goaltender) for the tournament and me and him got along really well. Now, he's a rival down the street in New Jersey, so that was really fun. He's a really good goalie and I'm sure we'll have quite a few goalie battles to come since he's only a few years older than me."
HOW ABOUT GOING AGAINST FLYERS TEAMMATES ON OTHER TEAMS?
"That was fun. I didn't play against the U.S., but I played against Michael Raffl in the game vs. Austria. He had an opportunity when he was wide open in the slot and he shot it right into the netting, so after the game I was giving it to him a little and we were laughing about it."
WHAT'S ONE OR TWO THINGS ABOUT BEING IN EUROPE THAT WAS COOL?
"Well, the week before we were in Vienna and we saw the Salzburg Cathedral, it's over a thousand years old, which was really cool to see."
YOU PLAYED FOR FLYERS NEW HEAD COACH, ALAIN VIGNEAULT, HOW WAS THAT AND DID YOU TALK ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON?
"It was great to meet him and get to know him. A lot of the guys liked playing for him but no, we didn't talk about the Flyers at all. We were just worried about getting the job done with Canada. He said after the tournament's done we'll focus on Philly but right now we have a job to do with Canada so we kept our attention on being there."
FINALLY, WHAT'S LEFT THIS SUMMER FOR YOU AFTER YOU LEAVE PHILLY?
"Just training at this point. I'll go home and don't have any trips planned. I have to get prepared for the upcoming season. My routine is that I'll wake up around 7:30 a.m. and go to the gym for a workout. Then I usually get on the ice around 11:30, but only skate three times in a week. I wrap up my day around 1 p.m. and then the rest of day I'll hang out with family and friends. Typically I'll go golfing, but lately I'm taking guitar lessons so I'll be pretty busy with that."