HART­MAN’S DE­BUT

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Feb. 13, 2015, vs. New Jer­sey “I was at my house in Rock­ford with Stephen Johns, who’s down in Texas now [play­ing for Dal­las],” Hart­man said. “We were golf­ing in my attic on my golf sim­u­la­tor and was about to fin­ish up 18 [holes] when I got a call from Mark Bernard, who was the GM in Rock­ford. He called me, and I had taken a cou­ple of penal­ties in the game be­fore that. He called me talk­ing about the penal­ties, and he fin­ished it off by say­ing, ‘When you’re play­ing in the United Cen­ter to­mor­row night, you can’t be tak­ing penal­ties like that.’ I said, ‘Yeah, you’re prob­a­bly right,’ and it didn’t re­ally hit me right away. ... It was pretty cool, that feel­ing, then I talked to Stan [Bow­man]. They needed some en­ergy and they wanted some guys to come in and stir things up a lit­tle bit and play the way I play. I im­me­di­ately called my par­ents and fam­ily right af­ter.”

“I grew up dream­ing of this and it hap­pened,” Hart­man told the Tri­bune af­ter the game. “It has sunk in fi­nally and it’s pretty crazy.”

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