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Hart of gold

Carter Hart meets a big fan during his quick visit back to Philly

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Carter Hart took a break from his summer vacation and returned to Philly for a few days to skate on his own, as well as work out at the team's training facility in Voorhees.

In that short window, he made time for a very special guest he was determined to extend his stay on the ice for.

Meet Brandon Hull, a nine-year-old goalie, who suffered an accident that required multiple surgeries and a partial foot amputation. His favorite player - Carter Hart of course.

Hull walked into the Flyers locker room where he was met by Hart, who found out about his story and invited him on the ice on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: 🧡 A Hart of Gold. 🧡Carter���s back in town today to skate with nine-year-old Brandon Hull, who recently resumed playing hockey after an accident that required multiple surgeries and a partial foot amputation. pic.twitter.com/smEp0E7YaAThe two chatted about goaltending equipment and did a tour around the locker room before they got dressed to hit the ice.

Said Hart: "We were talking about the gear and he told me that his favorite thing about being a goalie is when the puck hits his pad and the feeling he gets when the puck hits his pad and makes a save. I said 'that's one of the reasons I became a goalie too'."

Hull & Hart did more than a few laps as the conversation continued, mostly about hockey, why they each chose goaltending and summer plans.

"I feel like I want to be like him when I'm older and I want to play for the Flyers just like him," said Hull, who also mentioned that he was at Carter's first NHL start (and win) on December 18 vs. Detroit.

Finally it was back to the locker room for a few photos, a couple interviews and a some memorabilia to take home.

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