Gilles Hamel

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Gilles Hamel
Born (1960-03-18) March 18, 1960 (age 57)
Asbestos, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Winnipeg Jets
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 74th overall, 1979
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1980–1990

Gilles Julien Hamel (born March 18, 1960 in Asbestos, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right wing. He was drafted in the fourth round, 74th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Gilles is the brother of Jean Hamel.

After playing three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Hamel made his professional debut with the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in the 1980 Calder Cup playoffs. After six seasons in the National Hockey League with Buffalo, during which he scored 92 goals, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Scott Arniel after the 1985–86 season.

Hamel had the most prolific goal-scoring season of his NHL career in 1986–87 with Winnipeg, notching 27 goals. After a mediocre 1987–88, however, and spending much of the early 1988–89 season in the AHL, Hamel was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Paul Fenton. He played just eleven games with the Kings during that season, and spent the final year of his career playing in France.

In his NHL career, Hamel appeared in 519 games. He scored 127 goals and added 147 assists. He also played in 27 NHL playoff games, scoring four goals and five assists.

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