ST. PAUL, Minn – Enjoying the best season of his NHL career, Ryan Hartman certainly has a lot of support in Minnesota.
Wild Center was fined $4,250 by the federation for unsportsmanlike conduct during Tuesday night’s game against Edmonton, which stemmed from a fight with the Oilers left winger Evander Kane. After the game was over and the two were separated, Hartman made a vulgar gesture with his middle finger towards Kane as they continued to yell at each other on the way down the ice.
Anticipating a post-match financial penalty, Hartman said it would be “well worth it.”
In fact, more than he could have expected, because of the amount of money raised from Wild fans wanting to support him.
Hartman’s Venmo account quickly went viral on social media after the NHL announced the fine Wednesday, and light and mostly modest donations began pouring in. Kane’s ex-wife also stepped in, The Athletic reported.
Hartman, speaking to reporters in Dallas on Thursday before Wild played the Stars, said he started realizing what was going on when he noticed the sheer volume of notifications connected to his Venmo account.
“I’ve been fined a couple of times in my career and this is the first time I’ve had a fan base trying to help compensate me,” Hartman said. “As a team, we’ve stuck together and protected each other all year, and the fans are part of that, so it’s great to see the fans standing behind us like that.”
Hartman announced on Twitter that the money sent to his Venmo account through Friday night will be packaged as a donation to Children’s Minnesota, the pediatric healthcare system whose hospital is a block from the arena. Wild’s a few blocks away.
In his eighth NHL season, Hartman had 27 career goals for Wild through Wednesday while mostly playing in the front line between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello.
https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/33739390/minnesota-wild-ryan-hartman-routing-donations-unsportsmanlike-conduct-fine-children-hospital Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Hartman transferred a donation for unsportsmanlike behavior to a children’s hospital