Jeff Hamilton (ice hockey)
September 4, 1977 |
Englewood, Ohio, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Oulun Kärpät
New York Islanders
Ak Bars Kazan
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
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.
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 August 5, 2009, Hamilton left North America and signed abroad for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|1995–96||Avon Old Farms||HS||24||29||23||52||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Albany River Rats||AHL||9||3||6||9||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||3||3||6||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|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|
- "Islanders prevail over Avalanche". hockeyreference.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Hamilton signs with AHL's Wolves". News & Observer. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
- "One more new face for Leafs tonight vs. Caps". Toronto Star. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- "Lugano commit to Jeff Hamilton" (in German). nzz.ch. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-05.