Hamonic ready to make the jump

2008 draftee is looking to begin his professional career

Friday, 07.9.2010 / 5:02 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Hamonic ready to make the jump

Travis Hamonic
After racking up his highest point total in four years of junior hockey, defenseman Travis Hamonic is looking to go pro, having signed a three-year entry-level contract on May 27th.

Hamonic, the Islanders 53rd overall selection, said “I think last year, me going back to juniors and playing my 19-year-old season was probably the best thing I could have done. I was just very thankful that Moose Jaw gave me the opportunity to move on to Brandon and go through the playoffs and play in the Memorial Cup.”

“The things that I learned in juniors were huge. I was blessed to have great teammates and fans around me, but obviously even better coaches and managers,” Hamonic continued. “They gave me an opportunity. I think I made the best of it.”

The defenseman played the last three-and-a-half seasons for the Moose Jaw Warriors before being traded in the middle of last season to the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 41 games, Hamonic tallied 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points – an impressive point total for a D-man.

“It’s not easy for defensemen to make the jump, but he certainly has a lot of things going for him,” said Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon.

In the 2008-09 season, Hamonic ranked first among Moose Jaw defensemen in goals (13), assists (27) and points (40). He practiced with the Sound Tigers at the end of the WHL season.

“I think I’ve done the things, in the last two years especially, to prepare myself to get to this point,” Hamonic said. “Now it’s obviously up to the coaching staff and the management staff, but for me I just have to make sure that I go out there, prepare myself physically, mentally and work hard. [I need to] continue to get bigger and stronger throughout the summer to come back in September to push for a roster spot.”

While Hamonic has things he still wants to improve upon, Coach Gordon is impressed with what he’s seen thus far. “He had a great year last year, he’s got great size and strength, and he skates well, so anything is possible,” Gordon said.

Like any young player, if Hamonic has the opportunity to play for the Sound Tigers or the Islanders this season, he will be extremely grateful.

“The smile on my face says it all. You play your whole life to have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League and have the chance to play my first game here this year hopefully, it’s breathtaking.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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