Due to Kenny Agostino being a healthy scratch, his Stockton Heat teammate Freddie Hamilton got to play in his first contest as a member of the Calgary Flames last night.
Best known as Dougie Hamilton’s older brother, Hamilton’s been a big part of the Heat’s offense this season and has been one of the reliable older players on a pretty young team. How did his return to the National Hockey League go?
Overall? He was pretty solid, if unspectacular.
The elder Hamilton played 12:04 and had two shots, a shot that was blocked, two hits, two blocked shots, and won five of eight face-offs that he took.
Hamilton skated primarily between Lance Bouma and Josh Jooris on the Flames’ third line. For the curious, he played 4:36 with his little brother and they connected on a pretty decent scoring chance in the second period. (Joked the elder Hamilton after the game, “It would’ve been nice if I could’ve put it in. He’ll be mad at me for a little bit for not putting that in… but it was a lot of fun.”)
Both Dougie and Freddie were out on the ice for the national anthem and started the game together. Said Freddie afterwards, “That was pretty special. Can’t ask for anything more than that.”)
Flames head coach Bob Hartley had a positive assessment of Freddie’s first NHL contest since last April with the Colorado Avalanche.
I liked Freddie’s game. I thought he was real solid. Skated well, saw the ice really good. Played him on penalty killing and did a very good job. I thought that him with Boums and Josh Jooris, they gave us a real solid game.