“People say thank you to him, [but] probably not enough,” Carlson said. “They’re always like, ‘Thanks, Hartsy. Thanks for putting this together.’ And he’s always, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ And I have noticed what he does needs more of a thank you and a little more recognition amongst his peers. I’ll be the first to say, he’s not going to put that award in the closet. He’s going to have it at the parking lot, in the locker room and he’ll tell everybody about it because that’s just kind of how he is, too.”
When Hartshorn received a phone call saying he had won the prestigious award, he was flabbergasted.
“It’s crazy,” Hartshorn said. “I have so many friends in hockey, I can hardly wait for them to find out. Anybody and everybody, they’re going to go, ‘No way. You won that award? Not a chance.’”
Hartshorn’s sense of humor is second to none. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy, and hockey is his driving force.
Why does Hartshorn like hockey so much?
“Two things: It’s a great workout and you don’t even know it,” Hartshorn said. “You’re playing the game and you’re going as hard as you can, and you get done and you’re soaking wet. You don’t even feel like you worked out. The second part is all the cool people you meet. I’ve got a thousand friends from hockey — that’s what I love the most.”