Andrew Hammond (ice hockey)

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Andrew Hammond
Born (1988-02-11) February 11, 1988 (age 28)
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Andrew Robert Hammond (born February 11, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Hammond had beaten one of the records Ken Dryden had recorded for most wins to start a career going 20-1-2 in his first 23 NHL games.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Hammond played his junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He played one game with the Westside Warriors in the 2006–07 season before being cut by the team and returning to the Grandview Steelers of the Junior "B" Pacific Junior Hockey League to finish the season.[1][2] Hammond played 32 games with the Surrey Eagles to start the 2007–08 BCHL season before being traded to the Vernon Vipers for $2,500.[1][3] In his final season with the Vipers, the team won the Royal Bank Cup national Junior "A" championship and Hammond posted a 2–0 shutout in the final game.[2]

Hammond attended Bowling Green State University where he played four seasons (2009 to 2013) with the Falcons ice hockey team. In 111 NCAA games, he earned a record of 30–68–13 and was named Bowling Green's Most Valuable Player for both the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons.[4] It was at Bowling Green that Hammond's ability to "steal" wins for the Falcons prompted teammate Wade Finegan to start calling the goaltender "Robber," then "Burglar," then simply "Burgs." The nickname finally evolved to "The Hamburglar."[5]

Professional[edit]

The NHL's Ottawa Senators signed Hammond as a free agent goaltender to a two-year, entry-level contract on March 20, 2013.[6][7] He was subsequently assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, where he finished the 2012–13 season.

Hammond attended the Senators' training camp ahead of the 2013–14 season, but was later designated to Binghamton on September 30, 2013.[8][9] He was recalled by Ottawa on February 26, 2014, to replace goaltender Craig Anderson, who was with his wife for the birth of the couple's second child.[10] The next day, Hammond, who backed-up goaltender Robin Lehner, entered a game against the Detroit Red Wings at 5:05 of the second period after Lehner gave up six goals and was pulled. Hammond stopped all 11 shots he faced in the remainder of the game.

Hammond attended Ottawa's training camp ahead of the 2014–15 season, but on September 29, 2014, was again designated to Binghamton to start the season.[11][12] He made his first career NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre on February 18, 2015, after goaltender Robin Lehner was injured in Ottawa's previous game. Hammond earned his first NHL victory in the game, stopping 42 shots in a 4–2 victory, also being named the game's First Star.[13] Two games later, he recorded his first career NHL shutout as the Senators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3–0,[14] and the next day, he recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 1–0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Hammond's four consecutive wins marked only the second time of the season that Ottawa won more than two games in a row.[15] On March 2, 2015, Hammond was rewarded for his surprising success as the NHL named him the First Star of the Week.[16] After winning a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime on March 17, Hammond became just the second goaltender in NHL history to allow two goals or fewer in their first 12 starts, a feat matching Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek's record set during the 1938–39 season with the Boston Bruins.[17]

On April 1, 2015, Hammond was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for March after compiling a 10–1–1 record with a 2.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .930 save percentage, helping the Senators climb to within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.[18] On the same day, the Ottawa Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced Hammond as Ottawa's 2015 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.[19]

Hammond finished the 2014–15 regular season with a record of 20–1–2, helping the Senators clinch a Stanley Cup playoff berth, where they were eventually ousted by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Hammond started Ottawa's first two games of the series before being replaced by Craig Anderson for the following four games.

On May 20, shortly after the end of the Senators' season, Hammond signed a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension with Ottawa, carrying an average annual value of $1.35 million.[20]

Personal[edit]

Hammond was born in White Rock, British Columbia to Marshall and Sandie Hammond, and grew up in adjacent Surrey.[21] He has a brother, Matt, and a sister, Christine.[21]

Hammond earned the nickname "The Hamburglar" during his university playing career at Bowling Green University.[citation needed] A play on his name, the nickname refers to the McDonald's restaurants' mascot character whose likeness, in the guise of MAD magazines' Alfred E. Neuman, Hammond had painted onto his goalie mask.

Hammond has said that he almost quit hockey on two separate occasions, the first when he was cut after a junior A game in the 2006–07 season, and the second when he was traded from the BCHL's Surrey Eagles mid-season in 2007–08.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Westside Warriors[22] BCHL 1 0 1 0 34 4 0 7.06 .636
2006–07 Grandview Steelers[23] PJHL 28 17 5 3 1568 60 3 2.30 .930 16 9 7 988 44 1 2.67 .921
2007–08 Surrey Eagles[22] BCHL 32 15 14 1 1568 90 2 3.44 .898
2007–08 Vernon Vipers[22] BCHL 9 6 3 0 538 22 1 2.45 .901 7 3 3 412 20 0 2.91 .908
2008–09 Vernon Vipers[22] BCHL 43 27 12 1 2479 95 5 2.30 .912 17 12 5 1082 27 4 1.50 .946
2009–10 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 19 0 12 2 837 60 0 4.30 .880
2010–11 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 27 6 17 3 1528 68 2 2.67 .915
2011–12 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 44 14 24 5 2615 119 2 2.73 .903
2012–13 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 29 10 15 3 1625 67 3 2.47 .917
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 48 25 19 3 2733 128 1 2.81 .910 4 1 3 265 13 0 2.95 .891
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 35 0 0 0.00 1.000
2014–15 Binghamton Senators AHL 25 7 13 2 1369 80 2 3.51 .898
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 20 1 2 1411 42 3 1.79 .941 2 0 2 122 7 0 3.44 .914
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 7 11 4 1375 61 1 2.65 .914
2015–16 Binghamton Senators AHL 2 0 2 0 119 8 0 4.05 .864
NHL totals 49 27 12 6 2,828 103 4 2.19 .928 2 0 2 122 7 0 3.44 .914

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greenizan, Nick (February 18, 2015). "Semiahmoo Minor Hockey alum to make first NHL start". Surrey Leader. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Woodley, Kevin (March 6, 2015). "Senators goalie Hammond making hometown proud". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Don (March 5, 2015). "Senators goalie Andrew Hammond led junior team to RBC Cup". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Goalie Hammond named team MVP at Falcons' end of the year banquet". The BG News. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Andrew 'The Hamburglar' Hammond: 5 things to know". CBC Sports. March 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Senators sign goaltender Andrew Hammond to a two-year contract". Ottawa Senators. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Hammond signs his first NHL contract". Twitter. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Senators announce 2013-14 training camp roster". Ottawa Senators. September 9, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ottawa Senators reduce roster to 22 players". Ottawa Senators. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ottawa Senators recall Andrew Hammond to back up Robin Lehner". National Hockey League. February 26, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Senators announce 2014-15 training camp roster". Ottawa Senators. September 16, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Senators reduce 2014-15 training camp roster by 21 players". Ottawa Senators. September 29, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hammond leads Sens over Habs in first start". The Sports Network. February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Senators go Duck hunting, blank Anaheim". Ottawa Sun. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hammond, Senators blank Ducks". The Sports Network. February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Hammond, Subban and Malkin named stars of week". National Hockey League. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Andrew Hammond secures NHL goaltending record, Senators claim crucial OT victory". Ottawa Citizen. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  18. ^ "Hammond, Hudler, Dubnyk named stars for March". NHL Public Relations. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Hammond nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy". Ottawa Senators. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  20. ^ NHL.com (May 20, 2015). "Hammond, Senators agree on three-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Andrew Hammond - 2011-12 Ice Hockey". Bowling Green Falcons. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Andrew Hammond BCHL Statistics". British Columbia Hockey League. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Andrew Hammond PJHL Statistics". Pacific Junior Hockey League. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 

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