Travis Hamonic

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Travis Hamonic
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Hamonic with the New York Islanders in January 2015
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 26)
St. Malo, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Islanders
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Playing career 2010–present

Travis Hamonic (born August 16, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for and an alternate captain of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Hamonic started his major junior career playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was selected by the New York Islanders in the second round, 53rd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional[edit]

With the New York Islanders during the 2013 playoffs

In his final junior season, Hamonic was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings before he turned professional for the 2010–11 season. On November 24, 2010, after spending 19 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Islanders' top minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hamonic made his NHL debut, putting in a strong performance for New York, who ultimately lost in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[1] He later scored his first NHL goal on February 1, 2011, against Ondřej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers, and finished the season with an impressive rookie total of five goals and 26 points in 62 games.

In his first two NHL seasons, Hamonic was the only Islanders player to finish both seasons with a positive plus-minus rating. In the midst of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Hamonic returned to the Islanders' affiliate in Bridgeport and posted ten points in 21 games. Following the 2012–13 shortened season, in which he helped the Islanders return to the Stanley Cup playoffs, Hamonic became a restricted free agent; he was rewarded with a seven-year, $27 million contract extension by the Islanders.[2]

Early in the 2015-16 NHL Season, it was revealed that Hamonic had requested a trade specifically to Western Canada due to family reasons. GM Garth Snow had known since before the season started, however wasn't able to find a deal that suited the Islanders' needs while accommodating Hamonic's request. After the playoffs, news broke that Hamonic had rescinded his trade request, expressing his desire to remain an Islander with the news that his family situation had "stabilized".

Personal life[edit]

Hamonic, who is of French ancestry, grew up on Hamonic Farms in Manitoba, mostly farming with his dad and, at the age of five, discovered ice hockey. When he was ten years old, his father Gerald died due to a major heart attack. A year after that, Hamonic and his family moved to Winnipeg, where he continued thriving at hockey. He said it was his getaway from the thoughts of losing his father. He grew up in a religious family and wears number 3 as a sign of the Holy Trinity (although Hamonic wore number 36 during his rookie season with the Islanders). ESPN2 series E:60 did a feature on Hamonic titled "In the Name of the Father," an inspirational segment on Hamonic's story.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

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Hamonic during a pre-tournament game for Canada in 2009
Medal record
Representing  Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Saskatchewan
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Kazan

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 22 0 3 3 39
2006–07 Winnipeg Saints MJHL 32 2 13 15 62
2007–08 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 61 5 17 22 101 6 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 57 13 27 40 126
2009–10 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 31 10 29 39 48
2009–10 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 10 1 4 5 17 15 4 7 11 23
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 19 2 5 7 45
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 62 5 21 26 103
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 73 2 22 24 73
2012–13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 21 4 6 10 37
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 48 3 7 10 28 6 0 1 1 23
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 69 3 15 18 68
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 71 5 28 33 85
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 72 5 16 21 35 11 1 2 3 8
NHL totals 395 23 109 132 392 17 1 3 4 31

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 2 2 14
2010 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 13 1 4 5 14

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2010 [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 3 (OT)". New York Islanders. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Travis Hamonic signs seven-year contract with Islanders". CBS Sports. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ Betts, Travis (February 4, 2013). "Hamonic, D-Partner Form an Immediate Bond". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Cyrgalis, Brett (October 15, 2014). "Grief bonds Islanders' Travis Hamonic with the kids he inspires". New York Post. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Memorial Cup All-Star Teams". Memorial Cup. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 

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