Born June 17, 1993 (age 18) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for Team Canada (World Juniors)
Because the World Juniors are going on and Hamilton is not only on Team Canada but also in the Bruins system, it’s time we looked at him in depth. Hamilton was raised in nearby St. Catharine’s alongside his Olympian parents–both played for Canada in 1984 (mom in basketball, dad in rowing)–and his older brother Freddie. Both Hamilton brothers are now playing at the 2012 World Juniors. Hamilton was playing with the Niagara IceDogs when Boston came to call just this summer.
Hamilton was selected ninth overall by Boston in the 2011 draft following a pretty good year for him with Niagara. He won two awards for outstanding scholastic hockey players, had 12 goals and 46 assists in 67 regular-season games and a 4-12=16 points structure for the playoffs. Hamilton made it to training camp and even got deployed for some of the exercises requiring team building. He also played in the Islanders/Bruins preseason games this year, but didn’t do well enough or something and was sent right back to Niagara. This month, though, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with Boston.
In the World Juniors so far, Hamilton has a power play goal and an assist. Keep in mind Team Canada has really played just one team, Denmark, so far in the proper touranment. Who knows what people could do tomorrow in an attempt to keep Canada’s win streak going. Perhaps Hamilton will be involved somehow!