He is the chosen one. He is our baby. He is everything that had been promised and more. He is Carter Hart and he is a Philadelphia Flyer. After decades, full lifetimes, of waiting for a reliable backstop, it looks like we have one. Yes, yes, perform all of your avoiding bad luck rituals, lord knows we are a fan base that cannot take these things for granted.
I attended Hart’s 16th game in the NHL, in which he was a big part of extending the win streak to eight games, and noticed something strange happening. The crowd cheered for every single thing the goaltender — the FLYERS goaltender — did. Every single save was met with huge cheers. Hart isn’t just beloved, he is revered. But there was something else, and BSH Alum Charlie O’Connor outlines it here:
Carter Hart's doing his job; now, fans at the Wells Fargo Center need to come to an important consensus -- the proper post-big save chant to scream in his honor. That and more in today's Nine (got to 3700 words with one fewer than normal) Things. https://t.co/yMqrebNR9V pic.twitter.com/h1xliwHqLN— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) February 5, 2019
We can’t get a cohesive chant going for our sweetest, most dear baby boy. The save below was met my a weird mix of CAR-TER, CAR-TER HART, and HART. I’m sure he understood the general point the crowd was trying to make, but imagine if we could all get on the same page.
What a save by Hart! pic.twitter.com/hiqVkFcTmY— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 5, 2019
Option 1: Hart
Pros: one syllable, easy to remember, hockey players are usually known by their last names
Cons: boring, he deserves more
Option 2: Car-ter
Pros: more personal, makes for a better chant, more defined claps
Cons: too close to what rival fans chant to heckle goalies, could also be in reference to Carter, Jeff
Option 3: Car-ter Hart
Pros: there is no mistaking who we are cheering for, will sound great with 19,000 fans clapping unison, leaves room for a tiny doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo afterwards
The winner is option three, please tell all of your friends, family, colleagues, and strangers on the street that we will all be chanting CAR-TER HART (emphasis on the HART) for our best boy from now on.