Winter Classic Blog: Ryan Hartman

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Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman will keep a blog throughout the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic. The Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Saturday.

In his final entry, Hartman discusses the game, which was played in subzero temperatures, at Target Field.

Well, it was cold. 

It was pretty surreal just how cold it was. The gear the team supplied us with kept us warm though, and the benches were really warm. Really the only time I felt cold was the walk out and the first minute of the shift, but besides that it got warmer. 

It was also pretty surreal to see everyone still come out and watch. I wish we could have given you a better outcome, especially because, man, it was cold. You guys battled for us and I really wish we could have given you that little more. 

Like my goal. That was great, but I wish it had more relevance in the game, a game-tying goal or one to go up a goal on St. Louis. Still fun, but one of those things that I wish we could have given you guys a bit more. 

Video: STL@MIN: Hartman fires quick shot into a yawing cage

Obviously there are ups and downs in hockey and we have to consider this our down. There will be ups and downs throughout the year for everyone and we hope to bounce back out of this [0-4-1] down soon. 

It doesn’t seem like we’re going to have many games coming up, three of four in Canada have been postponed, so it is going to be tough to get out of it. It was tough to come into tonight having it be our first game in 12 days, not that that’s an excuse, but it definitely made it a tough element. I think we really just have to get back in the groove of things as a whole. 

I know we can do it. We’ve done it plenty of times. We’ll get back at it. 

Again, this experience of the Winter Classic was really something, and we appreciate the support you guys all gave us. I just hope everyone stayed warm. 

P.S. If you saw me fall on the entrance it’s because there was a big hole that I wasn’t looking at. The ice chipped very easily because, in case you didn’t know, it was cold, so I hit that hole and, of course, it was on TV, so we’ll make light of it as best as we can. Still doesn’t compare to Brandon Duhaime‘s fall during his debut solo lap (Oct. 15).

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