“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Freddie Hamilton

Photo courtesy of Alexander Mario Zimmerma {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On May 27, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that Freddie Hamilton, the Sharks’ fifth round pick {129th overall} in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had been signed to an entry-level contract.

Hamilton recently completed his third season with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League {OHL}, setting career highs in goals {38}, assists {45}, points {83) and penalty minutes {20} while playing in all 68 games and averaged a point per game in the 2011 OHL Playoffs with 14 points {4 goals, 10 assists} in 14 games.

One of the most popular players on the IceDogs, Hamilton led the IceDogs in community appearances as he frequently visited schools, events and fundraisers all season throughout the Niagara region and as a result of his involvement in the community, Hamilton was named the IceDogs 2011 Humanitarian of the Year at a team luncheon on April 27.

The first ever draft pick in Niagara IceDogs history at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, Hamilton has missed only seven games in his three seasons with the IceDogs and has registered 73 goals, 93 assists and 166 points with 40 penalty minutes. 

“Freddie is one of our key contributors who is called upon to play in vital minutes in all situations,” said then Niagara IceDogs head coach Michael McCourt in an interview with nhl.com shortly before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  “He is a complete player who is very smart and is extremely responsible without the puck and has developed into one of the premier face-off men in the league.  He prides himself on being a perfectionist and is continually looking to improve his game.”

In addition to his high hockey IQ, Hamilton is just as smart away from the ice as he maintained an academic average of 99% during the 2008-09 season, making him the top Grade 11 student in the entire District School Board of Niagara and won the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award as the OHL’s Top Academic Player Attending High School.

Lastly, Hamilton comes from an athletic family as his father, Doug, was an Olympic rower for Canada and won a bronze medal in 1988 while also competing in 1984;  his mother, Lynn, competed on Canada’s basketball team at the 1984 Olympics and won both gold and bronze at the World Championships;  his brother and teammate, Dougie, plays defense and is a contender to be the first defenseman drafted at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

HIGHLIGHTS

Freddie Hamilton Highlight Goals vs. Brampton {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve”}
In this clip, Hamilton scores a shorthanded goal, another goal and the game winner in the shoot-out against the Brampton Battalion but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton Snipe {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve”}
In this clip, Hamilton scores a short-handed goal but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton Hat Trick {Courtesy of YouTube user “dogsfan99”}
In this clip, Hamilton records a Hat Trick against the Sudbury Wolves but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton First OHL Hat Trick {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve} 
In this clip, Hamilton records his first career OHL Hat Trick in a 5-3 win over the Erie Otters on January 28, 2010.  Sorry but there is no sound in the clip.

Freddie Hamilton vs. Chris DeSousa {Courtesy of YouTube user “alphadog1x”}
In this clip, Hamilton drops the gloves with former teammate DeSousa on Febuary 4, 2010.

Freddie Hamilton Interview {Courtesy of YouTube user “alphadog1x”}
In this clip, Hamilton is interviewed post game about his fight with DeSousa.

*Information and videos were used from www.niagaraicedogs.net, sharks.nhl.com, www.nhl.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on May 30, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nice write up man. I knew nothing about this kid.

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