Video: ‘Hawks Hartman introduces himself to NHL with huge hit

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Ryan Hartman didn’t want to waste any time before making a strong first impression with the Chicago Blackhawks. In the first shift of his NHL debut, Hartman plowed his way through Devils forward Dainius Zubrus:

Hartman has 18 points and 81 penalty minutes in 47 contests in his first full AHL season. He was taken by Chicago with the 30th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The 20-year-old forward’s hometown is near Chicago, so he naturally had plenty of family that was able to attend Friday’s contest after he was called up from the minors Thursday night.

“I just have to think of it as another hockey game. That’s how you’re going to play your best is taking it one game at a time, one period at a time,” Hartman told CSN Chicago before the contest started. “I’m just going to go out there and play my game.”