GEORGE's is located in the state of St. George's Ryan Hartman is enjoying the best season of his NHL career, and he has plenty of support in Minnesota.
The Wild center was fined $4,250 by the league for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game, stemming from a fight with Evander Kane. After the scrap was over and the two were separated, Hartman made a gesture with his middle finger towards Kane as they continued to yell at each other on their way off the ice.
Hartman said it would be well worth it after the game.
More than he could have imagined, thanks to the generosity of Wild fans.
After the NHL announced the fine Wednesday, Hartman's Venmo account was quickly shared on social media, and the light-hearted and mostly modest contributions began to pour in. The Athletic reported that Kane's ex-wife also contributed.
Hartman told reporters in Dallas on Thursday before the Wild played the Stars that he began to realize what was happening when he noticed the volume of notifications connected to his Venmo account.
It is the first time Hartman has had a fan base try to help pay off a fine.
The money sent to his Venmo account would be donated to Children's Minnesota, a healthcare system that is close to the Wild's arena.
Hartman had a career-high 27 goals for the Wild through Wednesday while playing on the first line with Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello.