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Carter Hart’s tenure in Philadelphia is officially over

Carter Hart’s tenure in Philadelphia is officially over

Carter Hart’s career in Philadelphia officially came to an end Sunday night.

Hart took a leave of absence in late January amid speculation that his name was going to appear in what is now Hockey Canada’s sexual assault case. In February he was accused of sexual assault, stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in June 2018. Hart’s representation immediately confirmed the news, but declared his innocence.

“We are acting on behalf of Carter Hart and confirm that he has been charged with one count of sexual assault. He is innocent and will provide a full response to this false allegation in the appropriate forum, a court of law. Until then we have no comment.”

It all began in May 2022, when Hockey Canada settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by members of Canada’s 2018 World Juniors team. The case was never made public, despite being filed three years earlier.

The investigation was reopened when the NHL also looked into the charges. Court documents revealed that London police believed they had enough evidence to charge five members of the team. Along with Hart, Dillon Dube, Michael McLeod, Cal Foote and Alex Formenton were later revealed as the players in question.

While the latter four were in the NHL, Formenton was playing overseas in Switzerland. The Flyers, along with the other NHL teams, had their own decisions when it came to sending qualifying offers to the players involved.

As for Philadelphia, they have decided not to extend an offer to Hart. That makes him an unrestricted free agent.

It is unclear whether he will play in the league again, although that is the least important factor. A trial date has not yet been set, although he will return to criminal court on August 13.