Scott Hartnell doesn’t mind paying for his own ice time to practice with teammates during the lockout, but he is certainly unhappy about some negative effects the lockout is already having on his team.
Hartnell and other member of the Philadelphia Flyers participated in a charity golf tournament earlier this week, but certain members of the organization were missing due to the work stoppage.
Under orders from the NHL league office, certain members of the Flyers’ front office were forced to skip the charity event or risk a fine.
"I’m disappointed," Hartnell told CourierPostOnline.com Monday. "You’d think you’d be able to put your differences aside and help one of your players’ charities."
Head coach Peter Laviolette, assistants Joe Mullen and Craig Berube, goaltender coach Jeff Reese, Hall of Fame VP Bob Clarke and director of player development Ian Laperriere were all expected to be at the golf tournament the night before, but Monday morning brought the news that they wouldn’t be allowed to attend.
"They were all coming," Hartnell said."I think they got a call either from (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman or (deputy commissioner) Bill Daly, which was sad."
"There are things sometimes that are more important than the sport itself … like when you’re able to help people that need it," Flyers centre Danny Briere told the site.