“The guys have really welcomed me proper right here,’’ Hart said these days, whereas standing in a quiet nook of the dressing room. “They’ve been really good to me.’’
An area of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Hart said he had flip into pretty aware since he was drafted that taking on the operate as a result of the Flyers’ goaltender of the long term meant dealing with the demanding necessities of Philadelphia’s followers.
The Flyers have not gained the Stanley Cup since 1975, when goalie Bernie Parent helped lead the crew typically known as the Broad Street Bullies to their second straight title. The Flyers have misplaced throughout the Stanley Cup finals six events since then, most these days in 2010.
Before they drafted Hart, the Flyers chosen 5 goaltenders throughout the first or second spherical since that 1975 Stanley Cup triumph. One of them, Anthony Stolarz, is now a backup. Another, Brian Boucher, the crew’s No. 1 select in 1995, did go on to win 21 playoff video video games for the Flyers. But not the Stanley Cup.
“It’s troublesome. There’s stress,” said Boucher, now 42 and a hockey analyst for the Flyers, NBC Sports and the NHL Network. “The bar was set extreme by Bernie Parent throughout the ‘70s, and the fans are longing for those glory days to come back.’’
Parent retired early, on the age of 34, after sustaining a career-ending eye hurt in February 1979. That equivalent yr, the Flyers drafted one different goalie, Pelle Lindbergh, throughout the second spherical and he led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals in 1985. But later that yr, he was fatally injured in an car crash; he had been to a crew get collectively and was intoxicated when the accident occurred.
Ron Hextall turned the next standout Flyers goalie and was a a part of Philadelphia teams that went to the Cup finals in 1987 and 1997, as soon as extra with out profitable a championship. He turned the Flyers’ fundamental supervisor in 2014 nonetheless was dismissed closing November.