Born August 16, 1990 (age 21) in St. Malo, Manitoba, Canada
Defenseman for the New York Islanders
Hey, today is the third, Hamonic is number 3 (that photo above just shows an old sweater number) and a name like that sticks with you. Why not learn more about the guy with the interesting name? He played his junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings, turning professional for 2010-11.
Before that, though, he was part of Team Canada in the World Juniors U20 tournament for 2010. He was doing really well in the tourney until a Swiss player hit him from behind at the very last minute of a Canadian 6-1 semifinal win over Switzerland. He separated his shoulder, the offending player was thrown out of the game and Hamonic’s role in the tournament changed, but he was still considered a part of the team.
Back in 2008, he’d been drafted by the Islanders, so at first when he went pro, he was slotted in with their AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But after just 19 games there, the big-time club called him up and in his first game he did very well, even though the team lost. That made him stand out and so he spent the rest of the season on the Island. In those 62 games, he got 5 goals and 21 assists, including his first NHL goal against Atlanta in February 2011. The Islanders have kept him around this season to shore up their blueline and since he’s so young, he should pay off well for them going into the future.