Select Page

C2K Law Background Ad
C2K Law Background Ad

C2K Law Top Wide Ad

Surrey Eagles alumni Andrew Hammond leads Ottawa Senators to playoffs

Surrey Eagles alumni Andrew Hammond leads Ottawa Senators to playoffs
Opportunity Travel Top Wide Ad

FullSizeRenderTwo months ago, the name Andrew Hammond was an unfamiliar name for people outside of British Columbia, but now every hockey fan knows the name of “The Hamburglar”. Hammond has gone a miraculous run since being called in to action two months ago when Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner went down with injuries. Since then, Hammond has gone a 20-1-2 run to send the Ottawa Senators towards the Stanley Cup. When Hammond was called up, the Senators had no idea they would soon be headed to the playoffs.

Hammond, a native of White Rock, BC, began his path to the NHL with the Grandview Steelers of the PJHL in the 2006-07 season (note: Hammond’s current Senators teammate Kyle Turris, is also an alumni of the Steelers), where he posted a 17-5-3 record in 28 games, which was enough to get him noticed by the Surrey Eagles. Hammond would only play one season for the Eagles, posting a 15-14-1 record in 32 games before being traded to the Vernon Vipers for $2500. In Hammond’s final season with the Vernon Vipers, he had a record of 27-12-1 in 43 games on his path to winning the RBC Cup, the national championship at the Junior A level. En route to the RBC Cup, Hammond would shutout his opponents 5 times in the regular season (a Vipers record) and again in the RBC Championship game with a 27 save shutout for a 2-0 win over the Humboldt Broncos.

With his BCHL career in the rearview mirror, and a NCAA scholarship in his back pocket, Hammond would head to Bowling Green where he would play four seasons with the Falcons. During his time at Bowling Green, he was named the Falcons’ MVP in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season. It is believe this is where Hammond first got the nickname “Hamburglar” as his ability to steal games was noticed by teammate Wade Finegan.

The Ottawa Senators signed Andrew Hammond to a two-year entry level contract on March 20, 2013. Hammond was assigned to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL, where he finished the 2012-13 season. Hammond would attend training camp for Ottawa in September 2013, but was assigned to Binghamton where he would spend the 2013-14 season putting up a record of 25-19-3 leading Binghamton in to the Calder Cup playoffs before a quick exit in the first round. Hammond’s first call to NHL action was made on February 26, 2014 to replace goaltender Craig Anderson who was with his with wife for the birth of the couple’s second child. The next day, Hammond would make his NHL debut at 5:05 of the second period against the Detroit Red Wings in relief of Robin Lehner who had allowed six goals and was pulled. Hammond would stop all 11 of the shots he faced in the remainder of the game.

Hammond would again attend Ottawa Senators training camp in September 2014, but again the Senators would assign him to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. On January 21, 2015, Craig Anderson injured his right hand in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eight days later, Hammond would again get the call to the NHL to backup Robin Lehner. On February 16th, 2015, goaltender Robin Lehner would be injured and later diagnosed with a concussion after a collision with teammate Clarke MacArthur late in the 2nd period in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Hammond is called in to action and finishes the game. At 22-22-10, the Senators sit 5th in the wild-card race, 10 points behind the Boston Bruins. With Chris Driedger being the only goaltender left in the organization with an NHL contract, the Senators would be relying on this kid from White Rock to get them in to the playoffs. Hammond would make his first NHL start two days later against the Montreal Canadiens stopping 42 shots en route to a 4-2 win.

One week later, the Senators would head to California to play the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. It seemed like getting two points out of this trip would take would take a miracle. The Senators would get exactly that as Hammond posted a 3-0 and 2-0 shutout against the teams respectively. Hammond is only the second NHL to record two straight road shutouts against those two teams. Steve Mason, then with Columbus, was the first to do so in 2008.

Fast forward to March 23rd, after defeating the visiting San Jose Sharks 5-2, the Senators are now 37-24-11 and second in the wild-card race. It’s the first time they’ve been in playoff position since November 21st. However, less than a week later, the Senators lost a tight overtime game to their heated rivals from Toronto, meaning the Senators were again the on the outside looking in, sitting one back of the Boston Bruins for the last playoff spot.

On April 9th, the Senators headed to New York to play the President Trophy winning Rangers, with their playoff hopes resting on the result of this game. Hammond would yet again be up to the task stopping 26 shots in a 3-0 shutout win over the best team in the NHL.

The Senators then headed to Philadelphia for their last game of the 2014-15 season against the Flyers. Ottawa only needed one point to clinch a spot in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, but they wouldn’t settle for an overtime loss. The Senators won the game 3-1, thanks again in large part to Andrew Hammond. Hammond made 34 saves on 35 shots with his best work coming in the second period with miraculous saves on Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek.

It is not yet known who the Senators will face in the first round playoffs with matchups against the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning still possibilities. One thing is for sure, two months ago, the Senators and their fans could not have expected that this team would be in the playoffs. Now that they are heading to the playoffs, they can look to Andrew Hammond, the kid from White Rock BC, as a big reason why.

Opportunity Travel Top Wide Ad

About The Author

Ben Dooley

Ben is a 1st year student at BCIT in the Broadcast and Online Journalism program. Born and raised in Surrey, Ben has grown up with an obsession for the sports world. His obsession is so strong that at age 15 he started “Ben & Stephen Talk Hockey” so he could share his love of the game of hockey with his peers. During his time on the podcast, Ben was able to interview stars like Trevor Linden, Jeremy Roenick and Theoren Fleury. After taking some time away from the media world to focus on finishing high school, Ben is back with a passion that is stronger than ever. His sports interests aren’t limited to hockey though, as he has a passion for many sports including basketball, football, baseball and soccer.


Right Sidebar

Recent Posts

Published 6/27/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
ILLEGAL DUMPING | TRASHING CANADA (by Harvard Gould) A 7:25 minutes CBC | VIDEO REPORT Illegal dumping: Why do so many Canadians trash Canada? A widespread practice in this country, writes Harvard Gould. It is astonishing what Canadians do in the woods. Canadians love the landscape and the landscape helps define us. The Group of Seven and other celebrated artists showed the world a... read more ❯

Stay in touch with Punjabi Culture with City of Bhangra Festival
Published 6/25/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
This past week Vancouver and Surrey were colourfully lit up with the magic of the City of Bhangra Festival. Early in the week Rupi Kaur took the stage with her inviting presence as she read poems from her highly successful book of poetry “Milk and Honey". Rupi magnetically captivated... read more ❯

Published 6/25/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
READER QUESTION: What Are The Benefits Of Incorporating My... read more ❯

Newton Days is bringing back the Summer Fun!
Published 6/20/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Let's kick-off summer in Newton! The Newton BIA is bringing back Newton days with events all summer. Complete with a farms' market, kid fun zone, face painting, food trucks, henna and Science World demonstrations, Newton Days has something for everyone. Throughout July and August, Newton Days will be taking over the Newton Grove on Saturdays from 12-4pm. Open to the community, everything will... read more ❯

Watch all of Surrey604's FVDED in the Park Festival Documentaries 2015-2016
Published 6/19/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Surrey's biggest outdoor EDM music festival, FVDED in the Park is just a couple of weeks away. With major headliners like The Chainsmokers and Wiz Khalifa, this could be the biggest and craziest one yet. Surrey604 will be there to bring you all the action again, but for now let's share in some FVDED In The Park memories leading up to the big event. Were you there in 2015? 2016? Relive the... read more ❯

Surrey Clubs Swam For Gold At 2017 Long Course AA Championships
Published 6/19/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
This weekend down at the family-friendly Watermania on the southeastern-most edge of Richmond, British Columbia, the Pacific Sea Wolves and the Surrey Knights AA-qualified swimmers took to the pool with the hopes of beating out 37 other B.C. swim clubs read more ❯

Third Pop up junk drop 2017 * JULY 15
Published 6/19/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Pop Up Junk Drop is back for 2017 FREE & Easy Disposal Surrey Operations Centre Parking Lot 6549 – 148 St. Saturday, July 15,  10am – 4pm Up Coming dates: Saturdays, JULY 15, & JULY 22, from 10am to 4pm. For more information: Help Us by... read more ❯

Ask the Legal Shark: Can My Employer Post My Photo on Their Website Without Consent?
Published 6/16/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Can companies publish employee photos on the company website without an... read more ❯

10 Ways to Revitalize Whalley into an Arts and Culture Hub
Published 6/15/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Flamingo Square Art Society Takes on the Streets of Whalley The first... read more ❯

Surrey's Health and Technology District’s Strategic Partnership with TrueNorth Aims to Attract U.S Companies
Published 6/15/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
Partnership helps organizations set up Canadian subsidiaries in light of... read more ❯

Celebration of International Yoga Day
Published 6/14/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
The United Nations declared June 21st as International Day of Yoga and... read more ❯

Watch Season 1 - The Local - Surrey Libraries
Published 6/14/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
In this episode of 'The Local,' David Smith visits the amazing... read more ❯

Surrey's Best Amateur Golfers Duke It Out at Northview Golf and Country Club
Published 6/14/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
This past weekend at the breathtakingly-scenic Northview Golf and Country Club off 168th St. in Surrey, B.C., nine Surrey-affiliated amateur golfers took to the tees in the 2Under VGT Spring Championship read more ❯

Published 6/13/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
The first Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards took place on... read more ❯

Oak Meadows Park opens in Sunnyside neighbourhood
Published 6/12/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine
The community celebrated the opening of Oak Meadows Park on Saturday... read more ❯

Recent Videos


Recent Tweets

  • Opportunity Travel Top Wide Ad

    Opportunity Travel Top Wide Ad