Four years ago today, the Silvertips crossed over with Puget Sound neighbors, the Seattle Mariners – celebrating the growth of the next hockey rising star to come out of the Pacific Northwest.
Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart (now, setting new goaltending standards in his second season with the Philadelphia Flyers), coming off his first of two CHL Goaltender of the Year awards, headed with billet Parker Fowlds and several Silvertips teammates to throw the ceremonial first pitch shortly before the Mariners battled the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park (formerly, Safeco Field).
Before Hart’s bullet to Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel, he prepared for the moment by engaging in long toss at A.O.T.W. Arena with several teammates, ensuring his arm was fresh before the big night in Seattle:
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After returning from his first visit to Flyers training camp, Hart embarked on a 32-11-6-2 season, along with a career high nine shutouts and his second straight WHL Goaltender of the Year award while the Tips captured their second U.S. Division title in three seasons.