Friday, January 14, 2011

Scott Hartnell

Sent: 12/4/10
Received: 1/14/11
Time: 41 Days
Address: c/o Flyers SkateZone
Item Sent: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro
Item Received: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, signed in blue Sharpie.

I don't know that you can call yourself a true hockey fan if you don't love a player like Scott Hartnell.  He is one of the most genuine characters in the last pro sports league of genuine characters, and I have to think that plays well in the City of Brotherly Love.  A throwback to the Broad Street Bullies, Hartnell averages about 25 goals and 150 penalty minutes per year.  He has sported a ridiculous bushy red 'fro.  He is clutch, coming up huge last year during the Flyers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals.  But my favorite Scott Hartnell moment is this (courtesy of Wikipedia):  

A previous Penguins related incident showcased Hartnell's good nature in an interaction with a Penguins fan taunting him with an orange wig and Flyers #19 jersey bearing the name "Fartsmell" in a game played in Pittsburgh on March 22, 2009. Hartnell autographed that jersey (signing it "To my biggest fan!! Your bud Scott Fartsmell 19") as well as giving his game-used stick to that fan.

Gotta love a player with that kind of sense of humor. 

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