Jeff Hamilton (ice hockey)

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Jeff Hamilton
Born (1977-09-04) September 4, 1977 (age 37)
Englewood, OH, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Oulun Kärpät
New York Islanders
Ak Bars Kazan
Chicago Blackhawks
Carolina Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Lugano
HIFK
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–2011

Jeffrey Hamilton (born September 4, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey forward. Hamilton's wife, Jane, is sister of former U.S. women's ice hockey player Helen Resor.

Playing career[edit]

Hamilton spent his high school career playing for Avon Old Farms and his college career playing for Yale University where he tallied 80 goals and 174 points in 127 contests, setting the school's all-time scoring mark. In 2001 he signed with Kärpät of the SM-liiga and played there for one season before being signed by the New York Islanders. He played with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for two seasons before signing with the Hartford Wolf Pack, also of the AHL, in 2004.

In 2005, he started the season playing with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague (RSL), but left after playing only eight games. He was then re-signed by the Islanders and sent back to the Sound Tigers. Jeff scored his first NHL goal on December 17, 2005 against David Aebischer and the Colorado Avalanche during an Islanders 5-4 win. It was his second career game.[1]

In the summer of 2006, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. After scoring a career-high 18 goals and 39 points, he signed as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 1, 2007. However, in July 2008, he was bought out of his contract and made a free agent.

On September 3, 2008, Hamilton signed with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.[2]

On March 5, 2009, Hamilton became a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs after the team bought his contract from the Wolves.[3]

On August 5, 2009, Hamilton left North America and signed abroad for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A.[4] After a season with Lugano, Hamilton returned to familiar stomping grounds in Finland in playing with HIFK of the SM-liiga for the 2010-11 season. His career ended in an injury just before playoffs, but he won the Finnish championship with HIFK after producing at a point-per-game ratio in the regular season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Avon Old Farms HS 24 29 23 52
1996–97 Yale University ECAC 31 10 13 23 26
1997–98 Yale University ECAC 33 27 20 47 28
1998–99 Yale University ECAC 30 20 28 48 51
1999–00 Yale University ECAC 2 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Yale University ECAC 31 23 32 55 39
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 39 18 15 33 16 3 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 22 16 38 35 9 3 3 6 0
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 43 25 68 26 7 4 0 4 4
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 60 23 29 52 32 6 4 3 7 0
2005–06 AK Bars Kazan RSl 8 0 0 0 16
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 39 24 25 49 28
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 13 2 6 8 8
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 18 21 39 22
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 58 9 15 24 10
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 9 3 6 9 6
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 16 37 53 18
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 3 3 6 4
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 46 22 24 46 28
2010–11 HIFK SM-l 33 14 19 33 38
NHL totals 157 32 45 77 44

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WC

6 1 0 1 2
Senior totals 6 1 0 1 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1996–97
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1997–98
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1997–98
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1998–99
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2000–01
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2000–01
AHL First All-Star Team 2003–04
AHL Willie Marshall Award 2003–04
SM-liiga Kanada-malja 2010–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islanders prevail over Avalanche". hockeyreference.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton signs with AHL's Wolves". News & Observer. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "One more new face for Leafs tonight vs. Caps". The Star. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Lugano commit to Jeff Hamilton" (in German). nzz.ch. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 

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