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NHL Team Attempted to Trade Player Linked to 2018 Scandal Before it Went Public

Published February 1, 2024 at 8:13 PM

Yesterday the NHL world finally got some closure in the 2018 Hockey Canada scandal. The identities of the five players involved were officially revealed.

London Police Reveal Names Of Five Players From 2018 Hockey Canada Scandal

The five players that have surrendered to London Police are Dillon Dube (CGY), Cal Foote (NJD), Michael McLeod (NJD), Alex Formenton (Europe), and Carter Hart (PHI).

Four NHLers – Carter Hart, Michael McLeod, Dillon Dube & Cal Foote – have been directed to surrender to London police to be charged with sexual assault in connection with an alleged incident that occurred during a 2018 Hockey Canada event.

Each of the players involved subsequently posted statements from their lawyers, indicating that they are facing one charge of sexual assault each. All of the players have indicated that they will be pleading not guilty. Each NHL team has handled these players differently, although one team reportedly tried to avoid the issue altogether by getting rid of the player via trade.

Flyers Attempted To Trade Hart Prior To London Police Report Going Public

Blues reporter Andy Strickland reported today that the Flyers indeed attempt to trade Carter Hart over the summer with the knowledge that he would likely be facing charges in the Hockey Canada investigation. Fans are not happy with the team following this revelation.

Soooo the Flyers knew of Carter Hart's alleged involvement, played him anyway, and also tried to trade him to another team in order to cut ties. SHADY. AS. HELL.

btw if it's true that the flyers were trying to trade carter hart knowing that he was about to get arrested for **** then everyone involved with that front office should be fired and banned from the sport

It truly is a bad look for the organization if they tried to trade Hart knowing full well this was coming. Some fans have even speculated that this could be part of the reason why Cutter Gauthier decided he did not want to play for the franchise.

Hart played in 227 NHL games, all with the Flyers. He has a career record of 96-93-29 as well as a .906 save percentage and a 2.94 goals-against-average. At this point it seems like his NHL career is likely over.

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