Gerald William Hart (born January 1, 1948 in Flin Flon, Manitoba) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 730 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Quebec Nordiques, and St. Louis Blues.
Hart retired from the NHL in 1982 and began living off his investments.
In October 1992, Hart, along with college roommates Thomas Mattioli and Randolph Nash, opened The Rinx recreation complex in Hidden Pond Park in Hauppauge, New York with a 20-year land lease from the Town of Islip. On May 26, 2004, Hart sold the popular ice rink and day camp to Francis J. Palamara, a business consultant, who formerly served as Executive Vice President for Aramark.
By Dean Hanley
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