New York Islanders Daily: Travis Hamonic Up For NHL Foundation Player Award
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is up for the NHL Foundation Player Award. His work with children makes him beyond deserving of the award.
Travis Hamonic had a poor year for the New York Islanders. It was especially tough due to the fact that so many fans wanted him out of town in a trade. But, Hamonic continues to prove why he is easily the most likable Islander.
He’s a nominee for the NHL Foundation Player Award for his charity work and he absolutely deserves this honor. If you are unaware Travis Hamonic lost his father at a very young age.
Now he host’s children who lost their parents and helps them cope and get through their tough time. He’s able to take his own life experiences and tragedies and apply them to children who unfortunately share an unthinkable tragedy in common. If you haven’t seen this ESPN segment on him it’s worth the watch.
The first time I saw that video I was very moved and felt more of a connection with Hamonic. I’ve luckily never lost a parent but seeing what he does for those children gave me the utmost respect for him as a person.
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“You’re doing this work and your focus is to try and do good for other people, not for yourself. It’s kind of a different award to be nominated for,” said Hamonic.
I hope he wins, and I hope the Islanders keep him and he proves that this year was a fluke. It’s easy to root for Hammer. Here’s a guy who is using his platform as an athlete in a productive and extremely helpful way, kudos to Travis.
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