Flyers' Carter Hart taking indefinite leave of absence, team says


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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart decided to take a leave of absence for personal reasons, general manager Daniel Briere said Tuesday.

Hart requested and has been granted time away from the team, and the Flyers will have no further comment on the matter, Briere said. Hart’s representatives have not commented on the matter.

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Carter Hart watches the net

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart watches the puck during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota. (AP Photo/Adam Bettcher)

The Flyers selected Hart in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2016. He made his debut during the 2018-19 season and became the team’s starting goalie.

He has appeared in 26 games for the Flyers this season going 12-9-3. He has 659 saves this season with a 90.6% save percentage to go along with his 2.80 goals against average.

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Carter Hart warms up

Carter Hart, #79 of the Philadelphia Flyers, stretches during warm-ups prior to the start of his game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 8, 2024 in Philadelphia. (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Flyers are 25-17-6 and sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division. The team moved between Hart and Samuel Ersson for most of the season. Calvin Petersen has also started two games between the pipes for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia dropped Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. The NHL is about a week away from its All-Star break.

Carter Hart protects the net

Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Carter Hart, #79, looks for a loose puck as Nick Seeler, #24, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

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Hart is the latest NHL player to take a leave of absence. The Calgary Flames announced Sunday that forward Dillon Dube was stepping away from the ice indefinitely to work on his mental health and was under the care of professionals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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