VOORHEES, N.J. - Best field trip ever.
Second graders from Mary C. Howse Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, made the long bus ride to the Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, to watch Flyers practice with a pizza party for lunch.
But the best part came afterward when Flyers goaltender Carter Hart arrived with a box of autographed pucks to give to the students, who won over Hart with hand-written, heart-filled Valentine's Day cards with personalized messages.
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"It was the only valentines I got this year from like 30 second graders," Hart said. "I actually keep them in my cubby where I change."
Hearts for Hart! After receiving cards from teacher Barb Wackerman and her 2nd grade students from Mary C. Howse Elementary School, Carter will host the class today at practice. 🧡🖤 pic.twitter.com/nRJRPyXx21 — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 8, 2019
The cards all seemed to have one thing in common.
"Every single one asked me to come visit their school," Hart said. "I think this was actually better."
As Hart passed around the pucks, the second graders also had some hand-written questions they needed the goalie to answer.
Here's a sampling of some of the questions:
How many saves do you get in a game?
Why did you pick No. 79?
Why are you a goalie?
"Because I like stopping pucks more than I like scoring goals," Hart said.
Why did you want to join the Flyers?
How do you feel when you're out on the ice?
As for when Hart will return to the ice, even interim head coach Scott Gordon couldn't answer that, only saying he needs to discuss the situation with general manager Chuck Fletcher.
Brian Elliott will start Saturday's game against the Islanders, but no word on if Hart or Cam Talbot will serve as the backup.
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