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Canes Agree To Terms With Center Jeff Hamilton

Sunday, 07.1.2007 / 5:57 PM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Canes Agree To Terms With Center Jeff Hamilton
Forward was third among Blackhawks in scoring with a career-high 39 points

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RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Jeff Hamilton on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Hamilton $800,000 per season.

“Jeff is a very fast-skating, offensive-minded forward,” Rutherford said. “He is capable of playing the point on the power play and is a good fit for our system.”

Hamilton, 29, completed his first full NHL season in 2006-07, totaling 18 goals and 21 assists (39 points) and 22 penalty minutes in 70 games played, all of which were career highs. The Englewood, OH, native had a pair of hat tricks, including a five-point night (3g, 2a) on March 10 at Phoenix. Hamilton led the Blackhawks in game-winning goals with five, and ranked third on the team in scoring with 39 points. He was third among Chicago skaters in goals with 18. Hamilton (5’10’’, 180 lbs.) led the Blackhawks in shootout attempts (10), goals (5) and percentage (50%) in 2006-07. He was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending March 11 with three goals and four assists in two games.

Hamilton was originally signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders prior to the 2002-03 season. He made his NHL debut with New York on Dec. 2, 2003, against Washington and netted his first NHL goal for the Islanders on Dec. 17, 2005, against Colorado. In 84 career NHL games, he has notched 20 goals, 27 assists (47 points) and 30 penalty minutes. He played four seasons in the American Hockey League with Bridgeport and Hartford, capturing the Willie Marshall Award in 2003-04 as the AHL’s top goal-scorer with 43 goals. Hamilton has also played professionally in Finland and Russia, and played four seasons at Yale (ECAC), earning ECAC first-team honors and All-American recognition three of his four full years in New Haven.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60