NHL Hockey – Zach Hamill
Zach Hamill #52 – C/RW
POB: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 5-11 Weight: 180lbs
NHL Seasons: 2
Drafted by Boston in 2007 (1/8).
Zachary Hamill was born in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia on September 23, 1988. As with many youngsters born on the West Coast of British Columbia, he dreamed of playing in the NHL.
He attended Riverside Secondary School on Port Coquitlam and honed his craft while playing his Minor Hockey in the Vancouver Minor Hockey system and was never afraid to lace up the skates for his country in international competition.
Hamill made an impression early in his hockey career prompting the Everett Silvertips of the WHL to draft him in the 1st round, third overall in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. It wouldn’t`t be long before Hamill would make his debut for the Silvertips – he played his first game on October 8th, 2003.
He would only play four games with the WHL club that season before being assigned to the Port Coquitlam Buckaroos of the PIJHL.
The 2004-2005 season was the year that Hamill arrived on the scene and became a stalwart in the Silvertips lineup.
He would register 33 points that year, 59 points in the 2005-2006 season and a very impressive 93 points in the 2006-2007 season.
A season that would include a number of accolades – player of the month honours for January after collecting 24 points in 12 games, the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorer and he was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in that year as well.
Hamill finished that season with seven Silvertips franchise career records.
Hamill would represent Canada at several international tournaments during his Junior career – 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Lethbridge, Alberta, the 2005 U-18 Junior World Cup in Břeclav, Czech Republic, 2005 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, and 2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.
Zach Hamill`s impressive Junior career prompted the NHL scouts to come calling. He was eventually drafted in the first round, 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Before starting his pro career with the Bruins, Hamill would play for the AHL`s Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League where he would spend the better part of four seasons scoring 36 goals and adding 82 assists.