In a viral Venmo movement, Wild fans pay off Ryan Hartman’s fine for flipping off Evander Kane – The Athletic Leave a Comment / Sports / By fahim DALLAS — Ryan Hartman was already a fan favorite across the State of Hockey, but the Wild’s first-line center’s popularity soared to new heights Tuesday night when he jumped to star linemate Kirill Kaprizov’s defense, then directed a middle finger at the player who got into it with Kaprizov—one of the NHL’s most polarizing figures, the Edmonton Oilers’ Evander Kane. The league made Hartman pay the piper for the gesture Wednesday, finishing him $4,250 — something Hartman expected and said would be “well worth it” after he scored two goals in Minnesota’s 5-1 win over the Oilers. Now, Wild fans and fans across the NHL are rallying behind Hartman, chipping in to pay off the debt and probably then some. Wild fan Allie Cook discovered Hartman’s Venmo account around 11 am, broadcasting it on Twitter. By 5 pm Central, more than 400 fans had publicly deposited money into Hartman’s middle finger fund or, as many fans dubbed it, “bird fund.” Cook started things off at 11:05 am with a note that said, “$10 down, $4,240 to go,” followed by a middle finger emoji. “I just saw a couple people joking about starting a GoFundMe to help pay for his fine, but I figured everyone uses Venmo, so I decided to look him up on a whim,” Cook told The Athletic, laughing. “It definitely started out as a joke, otherwise I would’ve sent more than $10.