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MY FIRST CAMP… with CARTER HART

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers



Carter Hart is the Flyers second round draft pick at 48th overall. He was the first goaltender taken in the 2016 NHL Draft and after a whirlwind of events throughout the 2015-16 season, he enters his very first NHL camp as a member of the Flyers organization.

All week Hart will be keeping this blog of his experiences on and off the ice…



Hey Flyers fans,

This whole week has been very steady and very routine. Being a goaltender we’ve had to  wake up early, walk to the rink and eat breakfast, then a goalie session in the morning, video after that, then a workout, then another practice with the team, then a different seminar each night.

We ended the camp with a 3 on 3 tournament and for me as a goalie you face a lot of different situations than you would in a single game - you face a lot more breakaways, 2 on 0, or 2 on 1’s. For a goalie in this setting it’s actually pretty fun and it was a really good competition level out there.


Camp sessions at the rink were over and we had our 1 on 1 meetings with management, but we still had Trial on the Isle the following day.

We all had to be up at the same time to catch the bus early for the trip down to Stone Harbor. After a pretty tiring week it didn’t take me long to fall asleep for pretty much the entire ride down.

This was my first Trial and what an incredible day. It’s a great way to cap off this camp.

It’s been a hard week and it’s been a good week where I personally learned a lot, but to cap it off this way is awesome. It’s a blast being out here and I’m sure all the fans here are having a blast as well. Overall it’s just an unbelievable experience.

This was definitely my favorite day of the camp. I felt like it was my favorite day even when it wasn’t even over. It’s awesome to see so many people out here supporting the Philadelphia Flyers. It all goes to a great cause for the veterans.

My favorite part of the day was on a more serious note. We had a guest speaker come talk to us after lunch. His name is Josh Collins and he is a veteran who was in Special Operations combat around the world in the military. He’s paddle boarding three thousand miles up and down the US coast from Texas around Florida and up to New York.

It was incredible to hear about it. He’s gone through so much. He’s sacrificed for this country and he’s given everything for this country. He talked to us about being a team and striving towards your mission. To hear those words from him really meant a lot and it’s good to see that what he’s doing has a big impact on other people’s lives. 


I came here, and it’s a development camp, so they told us they want us to come in with a learning approach. I learned quite a bit, especially being able to work with [goaltending coaches] Kim [Dillabaugh] and Brady [Robinson], but everyone else as well, the entire staff and the returning players on what it’s like to be a pro.

The day-in, day-out routine of being a professional. I take a lot out of that especially learning from the other players in camp. Coming to the rink was a blast. It’s such a great facility and the people that work with us here from the training staff to the chefs, who cook all our meals three times a day make it fun every day.

I have even more confidence coming back here in September now. I’ll know a lot more faces. I didn’t know too many people and now I have a lot of new friends so when I come back here I’ll be looking forward to reconnecting with them. I’m definitely going to bring this confidence on how to be a pro to the Everett Silvertips and moving forward.

It was great to keep these entries all week during camp and thanks for following me throughout. See you in September!

-Carter



Hey Flyers fans,

We’re in the middle of camp right now and I definitely think camp as come around from everything being “new” - the other players, the coaches and the facilities, but now I know most of the ins and outs around me here.


Last night me, Matej [Tomek] and Merrick [Madsen] went to Olive Garden after everything ended here. Even though we get fed all three meals we were still pretty hungry after all the ice sessions and workout. We knew it was there and walkable so we decided to get out of the hotel a little.

Overall, I make it a point to eat very healthy. Not just for me, but I think for any player nutrition is one of the major parts of being successful and staying successful. It’s a long season and you have to keep your body in shape. I feel like workouts go to waste if you don’t eat the right foods, so you have to make sure you fill your body with the right food.

That being said… I definitely have my weaknesses.
I enjoy indulging mostly in chocolate. I also love the Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bars. Other than that, I love a good burger now and then. When I was in Buffalo I went to this one place with my buddy, Dylan Wells, in Niagara Falls after the NHL Combine because he lives in St. Catherine’s. He took me to this place called The Works and it was probably one of the best burgers I ever had. We ate very good for two weeks straight so I decided to indulge for one day.

Getting back to camp though. Things got really competitive now on the ice and that’s good to see, and put into practice all the heavy teaching stuff from the first few days. As a goaltender I definitely have my own routine. I do
a dynamic warmup to get the body going and get the hands going. I listen to music at certain times, mostly during stretching. 

For a practice I’m a little bit looser than I would be for a game. For a game its all about timing. I do everything at a certain time, including visualization. To follow the same pre-game routine really helps me to stay consistent. When I went overseas last summer and played in the Czech Republic, sticking to my pre-game routine really helped me feel like I was playing at home.

That’s all for today. I’ll check back in later about the 3 on 3 tournament and looking forward to Trial on the Isle a little later on. Thanks for reading!

-Carter



The first day on the ice was good, it was good to get back out there and just face some shots and work on my skating ability - it was a good to start working on the Flyers program and start beginning what it takes to become a Flyers goaltender.

There’s six of us here working on the ice and it’s awesome being around them. There’s a lot of good competition and there’s some good goalies here and that’s what’s good about this, you get to compete against others and they’re here to push you as well.
My equipment in my locker stall.

There were a few new drills I experienced, specifically the work on the ice-awareness side of things. It was a little bit new to me but its something that I’m gonna work on and I just gotta listen.

There’s also been a lot of media here for the first couple of days too. I kinda like that we have been doing the press conference style - I’m a little new to that, we don’t really have stuff like that down in Everett so I actually like that a lot better, its a lot easier that way.

Last night, after the first day, we had the player draft among the prospects for the 3 on 3 tournament on Monday. It was a really fun time, except the goalies weren’t a part of it.  We’re just rotating in and out of the teams, but it was fun being there and to sit back and watch it unfold.

After the draft we went back to the hotel. It’s a pretty light, easy going sort of atmosphere there at the hotel and its nice to talk to a few new guys each night. I’m here to have fun, work hard and learn and so is everyone else.

Other than that, me and Pascal are mostly just hanging out in the room just chit-chatting or watching some TV. I watch a lot of “The Office” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, they’re pretty funny shows.

I also get a chance to catch up with people back home. Mostly family, my mom and my dad call me up and I talk to them every night. They like to just check in with me to see how I’m doing and it’s always nice to hear from them.

That’s it for me today, I’ll fill you in on everything going on tomorrow - thanks for reading!

-Carter

Hi everyone, trying this out for the first time so I hope you enjoy following me along.

Also, you can always follow me on Twitter and Instagram as well (@C_Hart70).

Well, since I’ve been drafted it’s been quite a week. At the draft, me and my family spent a good amount of time in the Flyers suite meeting everyone and even meeting the other draft picks. We stayed an extra night in Buffalo and all went out to dinner. My billet family out in Everett also came out to the Draft and celebrated with me as well.

We had to get up pretty early the next day because we drove up to Toronto, and from there, flew back to Sherwood Park, Alberta. I got a couple emails giving me instructions about camp and when to arrive. After a day or two at home I was back on the road. I got up early again (around 4:30 am) to catch my flight here to Philly. I had to connect through Toronto again before landing in Philly.

It was pretty cool driving into New Jersey because we got to pass by the Wells Fargo Center and the Phillies stadium. I think it’s so cool how they have all three major stadiums there.

First thing I did when I got here was drop off my equipment at the rink. I met some of the guys and went out to eat. I actually don’t know any other player here except Ivan Provorov a little bit. I play against him in the WHL, but I got to know him a little from the CHL Awards where I got to actually meet and talk with him. I’m also rooming with Pascal Laberge at the hotel so I’m sure I will get to know him as the week goes on.

I’m really looking forward to this camp and I imagine it will be much different from all the camps I’ve been at before because it seems to really give you a taste of what it’s like to be a pro - both the professional lifestyle and what it takes to be a pro.

Excited to get on the ice for the first time today. We goaltenders have an early wake up call and are the first ones on the ice so I’ll check in with everyone tomorrow and let you know how that goes.

Thanks for taking the time to follow!

-Carter


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