Friday was not only the first day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but it was a day full of trades, especially for the Boston Bruins. Dougie Hamilton, the 22-year old defenseman, was part of that, being involved in a trade to the Calgary Flames for the 15th, 45th, and 52nd draft picks.
“I’m excited to get to Calgary and meet the guys and start playing and enjoying playing in front of the fans and everything,” said Hamilton on a conference call Friday. “It’s going to be really exciting. Unfortunately, it’s two months away, still.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Flames announced that they had agreed on a six-year, $34.5 million contract with Hamilton.
“This type of player doesn’t come around very often at this age. You’re talking about a very intelligent kid. He’s a 98% student. He won the scholastic award (in the Ontario Hockey League in 2011). I like that he’s a very cerebral kid. Smart, Intelligent.”
“I’m not going to comment on any anonymous people out there, but we’ve done our homework — thorough homework — both on the player and the person, and we are over-the-moon excited about the player and the person that we’re getting,” Treliving said. “We think he’s going to fit like a glove — on and off the ice — with us.
The promising defenseman is coming off a career best season in points. He racked up 42 points throughout 72 games (10 G, 32 A).
Bringing in a young (and large) player like Hamilton is exactly what the Flames need to add to their already thriving team. With so many young and talented players, Calgary’s future is bright, and so is Hamilton’s.
You can read about (and hear) Dougie’s reaction to the trade, in this article from Friday.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 1, 2015