In honor of Travis Hamonic’s 26th birthday we will be looking at his New York Islanders career up until this point, and how it almost came to an end last year.
It’s become tradition here at Eyes On Isles to recognize a players accomplishments, and contributions to the team on their birthday. Today we look at New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.
Travis Hamonic was drafted by the Islanders in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft. In a short time he found himself making his NHL debut in the 2010-2011 season. From then on he became a regular part of the Islanders defense.
Before the 2013-2014 season Travis Hamonic signed a 7-year contract. It’s a very team friendly contract as his cap hit is less than $4 million a year. Over that time he has become a very valuable member to this Islanders team.
His value has been shown in his absence. Each of the last two years Hamonic has missed time and that’s when you realize what he means to this team. He might get over shadowed by bigger names such as Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk but you can’t deny the importance of Travis Hamonic.
Last year Hamonic asked to be traded in the middle of the season. This came to a shock as it seemed like Hamonic was happy as an Islander and of course he was expected to be a part of this teams future.
Even after Hamonic rescinded his trade request his name was still brought up in trade talk for Taylor Hall. Hall endeded up in Jersey so it looks like Hammer will continue his career with the Islanders
On a personal level I didn’t want Travis to be traded. Hamonic is one of, if not my favorite Islanders. His play on the ice is a big part of the reason for it, but also from his off the ice stuff. After I saw this E:60 my respect for Hamonic grew even more.
It’s long but it’s worth the 14 minutes of your day.
Some Career Highlights
Hamonic’s fight against Malkin from Game 4 of the Penguins series
hat trick from 2011 “fight night”
and a little coast to coast action
What an amazing thing for Travis to do for these kids. He’s not only a good hockey player but a good person as well. That’s why chances are if you ever run into me at the Barclays Center I will be in my number 3 jersey.
Happy Birthday Travis, and thanks for all that you do for this team.