Born April 18, 1982 (age 29) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Left winger for the Philadelphia Flyers
This guy has been a pain in the Blackhawks’ backside since the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Hartsy played his junior hockey with the AJHL’s Lloydminster Blazers, then moved to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, where he became their captain in his second year with them. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2000, and he joined the team right out of training camp. His first NHL experience has become his favorite: the Preds played the Penguins twice in Japan to try to appeal to a broader international audience. How cool is that?
In his first six years with Nashville, he racked up 93 goals and 118 assists, and he had three GWG. During the lockout, he migrated to Norway and helped Vålerenga win the Norwegian Championship. When hockey resumed in the NHL, he got his first hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, and the next season he set franchise records while playing on a broken foot! After the 2006-07 season, he and Kimmo Timmonen were traded to Philadelphia, and he signed a six-year contract with them.
Right off the bat, he made gave a hit to Boston’s Andrew Alberts and was suspended for two games. He went into a bit of a slump as well, not scoring his first point as a Flyer till well into the season. But by January 2007 he’d scored his 100th goal and his first natural hat trick, and another hat trick came two months later. He had continued success in later seasons, especially the 2009-10 season, where he scored two goals in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. By this current season, after experiencing a scoring slump again, he was put on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux, and he’s exploded with 18 goals and 19 assists.
Hartsy is on Twitter and has taken a certain hashtag (#hartnelldown) to another level – he had shirts printed, and all the proceeds from shirt sales go to charity! I think his hair isn’t big because it’s full of secrets, but becuase it’s full of…I don’t even know.