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Scott Hartnell falls down for charity, tells Phaneuf to “suck it”

Jan 30, 2012, 8:16 AM EDT

It’s possible you went into All-Star Weekend not caring much for Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. It’s even possible you disliked the guy a lot after seeing him beat your favorite team. One good way to win people over though is to do good things for those in need, and that’s just what he did during yesterday’s All-Star Game.

Hartnell has embraced a Twitter meme that counted up how many times he fell down during a game (#HartnellDown for those not in the Twitter world) and for yesterday’s game, Hartnell pledged $1000 for each time he went down.

The All-Star Game turned into a lucrative one for charity as he raised $4000 and Hartnell tells’s Dave Lozo his teammates were more than eager to help him hit the ice.

“(Claude) Giroux was trying to trip me on the faceoffs,” Hartnell said. “He got me down during warmups once.”

It’s all fun and games during the All-Star Game, but doing little things like these as well as wearing a microphone during the game and giving Dion Phaneuf a piece of his mind will make Hartnell a cult hero in record time.

  1. jamawl - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I love Hartsy, man. Honestly how many players in the league would openly embrace something that pretty much says he sucks at skating? Can’t help but feel good for him having such a great year after starting the season barely even being able to get on the ice.

  2. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    this guys a joke. he probably didn’t even pay the charity the 4 grand. hes from philly. they are nothing but cheats, rats, and dirty scum. so this ginger can suck it, he isn’t getting an at a boy from me. filthadelphia

    • miketoasty - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Being a Pens fan I just wanted to tell you to shut up. Guy does something nice and you have to rag on him just cause he’s on a team you don’t like. No class at all.

    • spiffy53 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      pittsburghas$clown, you are just a god awful disgrace. not funny, not clever, say the same thing over and over and despite your “tag” on here, you probably couldn’t get laid in a whore house with a fist full of fifties.

    • vismund11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Always with the anti-philly banter. Your attitude about the league sucks. Take crosby’s limp concussed d outta your mouth for a second.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      you’re the reason people hate pittsburgh sports (aside from all the winning). stop making us look bad

      • psujay - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        To be fair, as someone from north of the border, no one really hates Pittsburgh for the winning, it’s for abandoning the team within 5 years of back to back cups because Mario retired, and then coming back and acting like you’re diehard fans for life. The winning doesn’t really come up when people discuss why they hate Pittsburgh fans.

        I’m sure Toronto has its fair share of annoying fans, but you can go to their games without a problem since no one who can afford to go is actually a fan …


    • hockinj25 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      i’ve never seen this many thumbs down on a comment. good work

    • whlskey - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      And I wouldn’t necessarily consider him as being from Philly, I’d say he’s from Regina where he was born and raised.. If you want to take that route, you could also consider him from Nashville, or any other city he has ever played hockey for in his life.

    • shucrzy - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      Only someone from Sh++burgh would talk trash about Philly which is a great town, come for yourself and see. And Hartnell is doing a good thing out of something so trival as falling down. But someone with the mind of a 3rd grader would put him down.

  3. cardsandbluesforever - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    somebody from team Alfredsson should’ve knocked him down on every shift. that would’ve been EPIC and raised a lot more money for charity.

  4. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    toastymike you are no pens fan. you are a dumbass who jerks off to tentacle porn in your mothers basement with a belt around your neck. how about you keep your classless comments to yourself or move to filthadelphia so u can service scottie fartsmell. dooshbag

    • spiffy53 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      captain “Thumbs Down” has returned. and please my side is splitting from the comedy. how you can weave “filthadelphia” and ‘fartsmell” into so many comments is a testament to your comedy prowess. whew, the shear comedy. i can’t stop from laughing. please stop the comedy. actually, please stop. no really, just stop.

    • dmacirish - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      huh, first time you have said anything of interest to me and frankly i am a little embarrassed by it but i need to ask. what is “tentacle porn”? i mean is it like squids and octopi getting it on?

    • cshearing - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      If comments like these keep coming and nothing is done, this site is done.

  5. dmacirish - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    on a side note – i like scottie, i like his effort and am happy to see him getting some respect this year. although i follow the flyers pretty close i dont get the “suck it” to phaneuf – joking or still feisty even with it being the all star game?

    • imleftcoast - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      I think he was being feisty. He donated to charity for falling down, and laughed about it throughout the game. He obviously doesn’t think anyone should take it too seriously.

      Maybe the bodychecks were unnecessary. I don’t think Chara was impressed by those when he was asked at the press conference. To his credit, Chara had no inclination to wind up for a big slapper even though the crowd was practically begging him to. It’s just a fun game, until the last 5-10 when the guys show that they don’t like to lose anything.

      • lneighbors - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        defensemen shouldn’t even go to the all star game. They don’t play any D. It’s all about goalies and forwards. Saying suck it to Phaneuf, while funny, isn’t fair cause the guy isn’t even trying out there. He’s just a body skating slowly backwards. That’s not even adult league D.

  6. num1eaglesfanyo - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    hey penguin fan u can suck it he’s just mad cause the flyers are way better and he knows it! your just a big ass pussy fart that nobody cares about ill laugh when the pens get knocked out by a mediocre team in the first round…if they even make it hahahaha

  7. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    don’t be jealous im from the greatest sports city on earth. the city of champions that is. filthadelphia is the city of used tampons. crosby could easily beat every player on that team by himself with a concussion and one leg. so don’t be mad at me cus all your teams suck chodes. – city of champs

    • imleftcoast - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Ben Roethlisberger was playing the All-Star last weekend. That wasn’t the Super The Patriots are proven cheaters whereas there are just allegations that the Steelers rigged the officating in Super Bowl XL, but you have to admit that Boston is the sports city of the US.

  8. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    oh noooo people hate pittsburgh because of some comments. that’s ashame. at least were not as filthy as filthadelphia and sucker punch opposing teams fans. classless lowlife scum bags.

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