For many, age ain’t nothing but a number. But for Plymouth Whalers’ forward Ryan Hartman, his date of birth — which found him five days too young to be drafted last year — played a key role to plotting a stop in the OHL en route to the NHL.
“In the U.S., because of my birthday [September 20th], I had to start school later, so I was an extra year back,” Hartman said. “Because of that I would have had to play an extra year in the USHL before I could have gone to college.
“Plymouth and the OHL seemed like the best place for me to be for my draft year.”