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Hamonic Eyes Homecoming

Islanders defenseman and Winnipeg native excited to play the NHL's newest team

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 10:22 PM / News
By Brian Croce
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Hamonic Eyes Homecoming
The family and friends of Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic have a lot to be happy about these days. Not only did Hamonic burst onto the NHL scene last season with 26 points in 62 games during his first professional season, but his hometown of Winnipeg was recently awarded an NHL franchise, again.

“Hockey in Canada and Winnipeg especially is such a main attraction,” Hamonic said. “It’s a lifestyle up there and the support that they’re going to give the team will be huge.”

The puck will drop for the Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2011 marking the first NHL game in the city since April 14, 1996. Needless to say, the people of Winnipeg are pretty happy about the return of their team. Hamonic returned home after the Islanders season ended and saw Winnipeg’s hockey-crazed fans firsthand.

“When the team was finally announced everyone flooded the streets, everyone took off from work,” Hamonic said. “It was a cool thing to experience and see as a Winnipeg citizen.”

Hamonic is currently one of the Islanders youngest players at 20-years-old, and was just six-years-old when the Jets left for Phoenix. 

“I grew up watching the Jets and I remember being at the Jets’ referendum when they were getting ready to leave,” he said. “I didn’t really understand what was going on at the time, but it was an emotional time for a lot of people.”

Fifteen years after they left, Hamonic has a deeper understanding of how important the franchise is to Winnipeg.

“When you start to grow up, you realize what was going on and how the Jets leaving was really significant to the city,” Hamonic said.

The other members of the Hamonic family felt the significance as well. Hamonic used to attend Jets games at Winnipeg Arena, but when the Jets left town, there was a void to fill.

“Some of the fondest memories that I have of my childhood is going to Jets games with my brother and my dad,” Hamonic said.

His family will now get the chance to see Hamonic play in that same arena.

“My family is happy to maybe drive 25 minutes to the rink and watch me play twice this year,” Hamonic said. “My family, my friends and everyone in Winnipeg is really excited.
And I’m ecstatic to be coming with a great franchise like the Islanders and go play in Winnipeg.”

Hamonic will face his childhood team for the first time on Nov. 3 when the Islanders host the Jets at Nassau Coliseum. The big date on Hamonic’s mind though is Dec. 20. That’s when he will play his first hockey game in Winnipeg since his Junior hockey days with the Winnipeg Saints.

“There’s no better scenario than to play a game in my hometown with the Islanders,” Hamonic said. “I can’t wait.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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