ISLANDERS SIGN HAMILTON

Tuesday, 11.15.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS SIGN HAMILTON
Goal scorer returns to Bridgeport

The Islanders have re-signed free agent forward Jeff Hamilton, who scored 43 goals for Bridgeport two seasons ago, and sent him to the Sound Tigers.

Hamilton helped lead the Sound Tigers to a strong playoff run while racking up some impressive individual achievements during his first stint with the team from 2002 through 2004.  He also returns to the state where he has spent almost his entire playing career.

"I am thrilled Jeff is rejoining our team," said Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio who, like Hamilton, played his collegiate hockey in Connecticut at Yale University. "He is an elite player in the AHL, and I truly believe he can play and thrive in the NHL under the new rules.  He will get every opportunity to work hard and prove he can play in the NHL."

"I am very excited to be back in the US and to have re-signed with the Islanders," said Hamilton. "The positive direction the Sound Tigers are heading was a big part of my decision, and I am anxious to continue my development with the help of Dave Baseggio and his staff.  As always, the Islanders have assembled a great group of guys in Bridgeport that will no doubt lead to success in the AHL this season."

Hamilton, 28, was an AHL All-Star two seasons ago when he led the Sound Tigers in scoring with 43 goals, 25 assists and 68 points in 67 games.  He also made his NHL debut with the Islanders, appearing in one game the same year.  During that 2003-04 season, Hamilton set Sound Tigers records for most goals in a season (43) and a career (65), most power-play goals in a season (20), most first goals in a season (13) and most shots on goal in a game (11) and in a season (295).  He also set an AHL mark for most game-winning goals in a season with 15.  Hamilton's 2003-04 accomplishments are made even more impressive by the fact that he missed 13 games with a serious eye injury.

In addition to his individual accomplishments, Hamilton was a big part of a pair franchise-record streaks in 2003-04 when the Sound Tigers went 20 games in a row without a loss (17-0-3 from October 25th through December 14th) and 22 straight games without a loss in regulation (18-0-3-1 from October 19th through December 14th).  He also had three goals, three assists and six points during the 2003 Calder Cup Playoffs when the Sound Tigers upset the Manchester Monarchs in a three-game sweep before losing a hard-fought series in six games to the East Division Champion Binghamton Senators.

Hamilton has totaled 65 goals, 41 assists and 106 points in 134 career games as a Sound Tiger.  He spent the 2001-02 season playing for Karpat in Finland and skated for Yale University from 1996 through 2001, also dealing with a severe abdominal injury that kept him out of the line-up for all but two games in 1999-2000.

Hamilton began this season playing for Kazan Ak-Bars in Russia, notching 16 penalty minutes in eight games.  He had 23 goals, 29 assists and 52 points in 60 regular-season games, as well as four goals, three assists and seven points in six postseason contests with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack last season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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