Scott Hartnell spent seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before they traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the summer. Tonight he returned to Philadelphia for the first time since that move and the crowd treated him to a standing ovation.
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Hartnell has been open about how special this game is to him.
“I’m a pretty emotional person I think,” Hartnell said yesterday. “Just to be in that arena and not going to the home dressing room and seeing the trainers and coaches and everyone that I love, it’s for sure going to be tough. Obviously, I had this game circled on my calendar for awhile. Get it over with and enjoy it.”
Prior to the contest, his former teammates predicted that the fans would give him a warm welcome, even if he will be an adversary going forward.