Andrew Hammond (ice hockey)
Andrew Robert Hammond (born February 11, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche. Nicknamed the "Hamburglar", he rose to fame in 2014–15 when he was called up from the minors and led the Senators to a 20–1–2 record to clinch a previously unthinkable Stanley Cup playoff berth.
Hammond with the Binghamton Senators in 2014
February 11, 1988|
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
Hammond played his junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He played one game with the Westside Warriors in the 2006–07 season before being cut by the team and returning to the Grandview Steelers of the Junior "B" Pacific Junior Hockey League to finish the season. Hammond played 32 games with the Surrey Eagles to start the 2007–08 BCHL season before being traded to the Vernon Vipers for $2,500. In his final season with the Vipers, the team won the Royal Bank Cup national Junior "A" championship and Hammond posted a 2–0 shutout in the final game.
Hammond attended Bowling Green State University where he played four seasons (2009 to 2013) with the Falcons ice hockey team. In 111 NCAA games, he earned a record of 30–68–13 and was named Bowling Green's Most Valuable Player for both the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. It was at Bowling Green that Hammond's ability to "steal" wins for the Falcons prompted teammate Wade Finegan to start calling the goaltender "Robber," then "Burglar," then simply "Burgs." The nickname finally evolved to "The Hamburglar."
The NHL's Ottawa Senators signed Hammond as a free agent goaltender to a two-year, entry-level contract on March 20, 2013. He was subsequently assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, where he finished the 2012–13 season.
Hammond attended the Senators' training camp ahead of the 2013–14 season, but was later designated to Binghamton on September 30, 2013. He was recalled by Ottawa on February 26, 2014, to replace goaltender Craig Anderson, who was with his wife for the birth of the couple's second child. The next day, Hammond, who backed-up goaltender Robin Lehner, entered a game against the Detroit Red Wings at 5:05 of the second period after Lehner gave up six goals and was pulled. Hammond stopped all 11 shots he faced in the remainder of the game.
Hammond attended Ottawa's training camp ahead of the 2014–15 season, but on September 29, 2014, was again designated to Binghamton to start the season. He made his first career NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre on February 18, 2015, after goaltender Robin Lehner was injured in Ottawa's previous game. Hammond earned his first NHL victory in the game, stopping 42 shots in a 4–2 victory, also being named the game's First Star. Two games later, he recorded his first career NHL shutout as the Senators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3–0, and the next day, he recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 1–0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Hammond's four consecutive wins marked only the second time of the season that Ottawa won more than two games in a row. On March 2, 2015, Hammond was rewarded for his surprising success as the NHL named him the First Star of the Week. After winning a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime on March 17, Hammond became just the second goaltender in NHL history to allow two goals or fewer in their first 12 starts, a feat matching Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek's record set during the 1938–39 season with the Boston Bruins.
On April 1, 2015, Hammond was named the NHL's First Star for the Month of March after compiling a 10–1–1 record with a 2.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .930 save percentage, helping the Senators climb to within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. On the same day, the Ottawa Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced Hammond as Ottawa's 2015 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Hammond finished the 2014–15 regular season with a record of 20–1–2, helping the Senators clinch a Stanley Cup playoff berth, where they were eventually ousted by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Hammond started Ottawa's first two games of the series before being replaced by Craig Anderson for the following four games.
On May 20, shortly after the end of the Senators' season, Hammond was rewarded by signing a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension with Ottawa, carrying an average annual value of $1.35 million. In the following 2015–16 season, Hammond was unable to replicate his previous season success, winning just 7 out of 24 games with the Senators including a 2-game return to the Binghamton Senators.
By the 2016–17 season, Hammond was struggling through a lack of form and hampered through injury. He appeared in just 6 games with Ottawa in a backup role going winless before on February 11, 2017, Hammond's 29th birthday, he was put on waivers by the Ottawa Senators after goaltender Craig Anderson returned from tending to his wife, who was suffering from cancer, and the recent success of backup goaltender Mike Condon. He was reassigned to Binghamton and appeared in just five games before suffering a tear in his right labrum requiring season-ending hip surgery on February 27, 2017.
Hammond returned to full health in time for the 2017–18 season, his final year of contract with the Senators. After clearing waivers, he was assigned by Ottawa following training camp to new AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators on September 29, 2017. On November 5, 2017, Hammond's contract was included by the Senators in a three-way trade with the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Matt Duchene. With the Avalanche already at a surplus with goaltenders, Hammond was announced to remain with the Belleville Senators on loan from Colorado.
Hammond was recalled by the Avalanche on multiple occasions serving as backup through corresponding injuries to Avalanche duo, Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier. Before making an appearance with the Avalanche, Hammond was placed on the injured reserve after receiving an errant stick on the bench resulting in a concussion in a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Upon his recovery, Hammond was assigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage on March 23, 2018.
As a free agent from the Avalanche, Hammond opted to continue his career in the Central Division, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract to compete for the backup role with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2018.
Having left the Wild as a free agent after the conclusion of his contract, Hammond signed a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2019. In the following 2019–20 season, Hammond played exclusively with the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, matching his previous season total in playing 33 games while posting 16 wins.
On December 17, 2020, Hammond was signed as a free agent to return to the Minnesota Wild on a one-year, two-way contract.
Hammond earned the nickname "The Hamburglar" during his university playing career at Bowling Green State University. A play on his name, the nickname refers to the McDonald's restaurants' mascot character whose likeness, in the guise of MAD magazines' Alfred E. Neuman, Hammond had painted onto his goalie mask.
Hammond has said that he almost quit hockey on two separate occasions, the first when he was cut after a junior A game in the 2006–07 season, and the second when he was traded from the BCHL's Surrey Eagles mid-season in 2007–08.
|2009–10||Bowling Green University||CCHA||19||0||12||2||837||60||0||4.30||.880||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Bowling Green University||CCHA||27||6||17||3||1528||68||2||2.67||.915||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Bowling Green University||CCHA||44||14||24||5||2615||119||2||2.73||.903||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Bowling Green Falcons||CCHA||29||10||15||3||1625||67||3||2.47||.917||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||1||1||0||0||60||1||0||1.00||.969||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and recordsEdit
- First goalie in NHL history to earn 21 wins in their first 27 games.
- First goaltender in Ottawa history to win first five starts of their career.
- One of two goalies in NHL history to allow two goals or fewer in their first 12 career starts. The first was Frank Brimsek for the 1938-39 Boston Bruins.
- March 2, 2015 - NHL First Star of the Week.
- March 2015 - NHL First Star of the Month
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- "Ottawa Senators reduce roster to 22 players". Ottawa Senators. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- "Ottawa Senators recall Andrew Hammond to back up Robin Lehner". National Hockey League. February 26, 2014. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
- "Senators announce 2014–15 training camp roster". Ottawa Senators. September 16, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- "Senators reduce 2014–15 training camp roster by 21 players". Ottawa Senators. September 29, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- "Hammond leads Sens over Habs in first start". The Sports Network. February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- "Senators go Duck hunting, blank Anaheim". Ottawa Sun. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
- "Hammond, Senators blank Ducks". The Sports Network. February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
- "Hammond, Subban and Malkin named stars of week". National Hockey League. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- "Andrew Hammond secures NHL goaltending record, Senators claim crucial OT victory". Ottawa Citizen. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- "Hammond, Hudler, Dubnyk named stars for March". NHL Public Relations. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- "Hammond nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy". Ottawa Senators. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- NHL.com (May 20, 2015). "Hammond, Senators agree on three-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- "After suffering hip injury, Goalie Andrew Hammond out for season". Ottawa Citizen. February 27, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
- "Andrew Hammond re-assigned to Belleville". Belleville Senators. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- "Avalanche acquires four players and three picks in three-team trade". Colorado Avalanche. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- James Gordon (November 6, 2017). "Andrew Hammond will remain with the Belleville Senators". Twitter. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Hammond returns to Colorado". Belleville Senators. February 17, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- "Avalanche's Andrew Hammond dealing with head injury". CBS Sports. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
- "Goalie shuffling between Avs and Rampage". Twitter. March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- "Wild, Hammond agree to two-way deal". Minnesota Wild. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Sabres sign Goaltender Andrew Hammond". Buffalo Sabres. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- "Wild signs goaltender Andrew Hammond to one-year contract". Minnesota Wild. December 17, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
- "Andrew Hammond – 2011–12 Ice Hockey". Bowling Green Falcons. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- Cantlon, Kyle (April 21, 2018). "Return of 'The Hamburglar': the storyline we didn't know we needed". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- Traikos, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Meet the Ottawa Senators' Andrew Hammond (a.k.a. 'The Hamburglar'), the unheralded goalie who has helped put his team back in the playoff race". The National Post. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- Clinton, Jared (August 19, 2015). "ANDREW HAMMOND PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'BUTTERFLY CHILD' ON NEW MASK". hehockeynews.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Andrew Hammond Stats and Player Profile". theahl.com. American Hockey League. March 6, 2019.