28-year-old Travis Hamonic grew up in St. Malo, Manitoba, south of Winnipeg. His father passed away when he was only 10 years old, but Hamonic continued to make hockey an important part of his life. He played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors but was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings in his final WHL season. Being drafted 53rd overall (2nd round) by the New York Islanders in 2008, Hamonic signed with the team in 2010. The 6-foot-2-inch Hamonic played with the Islanders from 2010 to 2017. In his last season with New York, he played in 49 games and earned 3 goals and 11 assists as well as 60 penalty minutes and a -21 rating. During the 2017 off-season, Hamonic was traded to the Calgary Flames.
This 205-pound solid blue-liner may have started off slowly in Calgary, but he has quickly made an impact this season. During the 2017-2018 season, he garnered 1 goal, 10 assists, 79 penalty minutes, and a -9 rating in 74 games. So far this season, in 41 games, Hamonic has proven to be a dependable defenseman with 3 goals, 9 assists, 17 penalty minutes, and a +10 rating.
This shot-blocking defensive king is a solid body in front of both Mike Smith and David Rittich this season and understands his role well. At the beginning of the season, Hamonic was placed on the IR due to a facial fracture he endured in a fight with the Canucks Erik Gudbranson. During his return, in spite of the face shield he wore, he fit right back into the lineup as though he hadn’t missed any time at all.
After suffering a facial fracture in a fight with Erik Gudbranson early in Wednesday’s season-opener, Travis Hamonic returned to the game late in the first period and finished the game. What a warrior. Big loss for #Flames.
— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) October 5, 2018
Hamonic has been one of the most consistent players on the ice this season and doesn’t let much past him on defence. Even in the last Calgary Flames game before the All-Star break, Hamonic was blocking shots with his face, which tells you what kind of solid, defence-oriented player he is, willing to sacrifice himself for his team.
He is dedicated to his team and the community he lives in. While he was in New York with the Islanders, Hamonic created the D-Partner Program, which hosted many kids who had lost a parent or loved one, just as he had as a 10-year-old. Not only did he host the kids and their families, but he also helped them through their grief by giving them someone to talk to about the really tough issues to deal with because he knows what it’s like to lose someone you love at such a young age.
Since moving to Calgary, Hamonic and his wife have been active in their new community as well. He has been part of Northern Project, which gives opportunities to indigenous kids to watch the Calgary Flames, he’s continued his D-Partner Program, and he most recently started Charlie’s Children, which gives financial aid to new parents in need. In 2017, Hamonic won the NHL Humanitarian Award for good reason. In an interview with the Calgary Herald, he explained that he and his wife do what they do because they want to “spread some goodness” and they just want to help. It’s that simple: they’re just good people with big hearts. He continues to be a prominent figure in each community that is lucky enough to have him and his wife, Stephanie.
In spite of all the good Hamonic does for his community, he is not exempt from hard times. Just recently, Travis and Stephanie went through a scary time when their young daughter ended up so sick that she was taken to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. For days, Hamonic and his wife were at the hospital with their daughter, which meant Travis, obviously, was not on the ice with his team. When it comes to your children, especially when they get sick, nothing else matters. There is life beyond hockey. And Hamonic took some time for his family while his daughter fought her way through the sickness. And, of course, the Calgary Flames organization obliged. Thankfully, their little girl got better and Hamonic returned to the ice the following week. When he spoke to Kristin Anderson of Post Media, he had nothing but good things to say about the Flames organization and all the doctors and nurses who helped them through their tough time.
“It was a serious, serious thing she was going through. She’s okay now … she’s back to being Charlie and that’s all we care about.”
Travis Hamonic spoke to the media after a very tough week for his family. pic.twitter.com/stgxa6Oo62
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 18, 2019
As a player and as a person, Hamonic has proven himself to be dependable, motivated, respectful, and caring. He knows his job and does it well. He understands his role as a husband and father and has earned the respect of many. It’s tough to not like Travis Hamonic, which is why he has been earning more and more of my respect throughout the past two seasons with the Flames. My hope is that he sticks around Calgary because he is an important part of the future of the Flames.
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