The buzz around the Boston area has been all about the Boston Bruins’ first round draft pick, nineteen-year-old Dougie Hamilton. The six-foot-four defenseman racked up 46 assists and 12 goals in 67 games played for the Niagara Icedogs’ 2010-2011 season. Hamilton also notched four goals and twelve assists for the Icedogs during their playoff run this past season. His tremendous defensive skill caught the attention of the Bruins, but did you know that athletic talent runs in this young hockey star’s blood? Hamilton’s mother Lynn, was an Olympic basketball player for Canada and his father Doug, won an Olympic medal as a rower for Canada. When it comes to talent in sports, the apple sure doesn’t fall far from the Hamilton family tree, especially since Freddie, Dougie’s older brother and Icedogs teammate, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks last year. Here are a few more things you may not have known about the Boston Bruins 9th overall draft pick.
When did you first start playing hockey and what made you decide to play hockey?
I started playing just for fun when I was five, I started skating when I was about four. I watched a lot of hockey on TV and me and my brother decided to go out and skate, we just liked it so much we wanted to keep doing it.
What was it like being drafted by the Boston Bruins?
It was an awesome experience, you kind of look forward to that moment for a while and during the season and during the NHL Combine, but to finally get there and be drafted by Boston was really exciting.
Favorite hockey memory so far in your career?
Winning gold at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka with Canada, to be able to represent your country and go to Europe and win gold against other top players is pretty special.
Which would you rather win, a Stanley Cup or Olympic Medal?
Both my parents were Olympians so I think the Olympic medal would be pretty great, but seeing the Stanley Cup growing up as a hockey player I think that would be pretty cool too.
“Remember the Titans” and I really liked “The Guardian.”
Favorite rink to play in?
My rink in Niagara, because I’m so used to it and it’s a little small and the fans are kind of sitting on you. It’s pretty special to feel that experience.
What are your goals for the future?
Obviously, I want to be an NHL player. I think there is a lot of hard work I need to do to become the player and to become the person I want to be. I’m just going to work as hard as I can and just have fun with it.