A native of Toronto, Ontario, center Freddie Hamilton was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 from the San Jose Sharks. Hamilton was selected in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by San Jose and had spent his last three years in between the National Hockey League and the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, Mass. The 23-year-old brings smart play and penalty-kill support to the Avalanche organization. Since being recalled by Colorado on March 7, Hamilton has appeared in nearly every game for the Avs and recorded his first NHL goal on March 19 at Arizona. In between adjusting to his new teammates and preparing for the next game, he recently sat down with ColoradoAvalanche.com to discuss his new scenery.
When did the passion for hockey begin?
“I started playing when I was 5. I think I loved it right away actually. Both my parents were athletes, but they didn’t play hockey so I just played everything growing up. My mom played basketball and my dad was a rower. For some reason I just liked hockey the best.”
What was your favorite hockey memory growing up?
“When I was really young, I got to skate with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mats Sundin was always my idol growing up, so I got to skate with him and I just remember that. It was their skills competition and a couple of the really young guys got to go out. I had to have been around 10 years old.”
Could you talk a little more about your hockey idols and what they have meant to you?
“Mats Sundin was always my idol since I grew up in Toronto and he played for the Leafs. I just liked the way he played, and he was the captain. That’s why I always wear No. 13. It is pretty cool I get to wear it here in Colorado and that it was available.”
How have you enjoyed Colorado so far?
“I Love it. I was really looking for a new change so I was really happy about the trade. The guys are nice; it's a good coaching staff, a nice city. Great weather so far so I can’t complain at all. The first week was a little weird because I went to two new teams since I went to Lake Erie first, so there were a lot of new people I was meeting.”
Do you have any special pregame routine?
“No superstitions. Usually just do the same warmup, but it doesn’t have to be the same. I just try to do the same thing.”
What do you like to do away from the rink?
“Just hang out with the guys on the team. In the summer, I hang out with my brother a lot since I don’t get to see him during the season. I usually just do what everybody else does on the team. During the season, there’s been so many games lately, there hasn’t been time to do much.”
What kind of relationship do you have with your brother Dougie Hamilton (currently playing with the Boston Bruins)? Did you guys play a lot together growing up?
“We’re really close, best friends. I never really got to play on his team growing up, but we were always playing together. In junior, we played together for a couple years so that was fun too.”
What have you been watching on TV lately?
“Lately I’ve just been watching a lot of college basketball. I have Kentucky in my bracket, like everyone else, so I guess I have to cheer for them.”
What was the last movie you saw?
“The last good movie I saw was probably The Hobbit. I liked that series, it was good. I really liked it.”
If you weren’t playing hockey, what do you think your life and career would look like?
“I don’t know. I played all the different sports growing up. I liked basketball, soccer, baseball. I guess I would try to be an athlete of some kind. If not, I would probably be at a university right now. I don’t know what I would be studying, but I was pretty big into school growing up. So definitely after hockey is done I will probably go and try to do something like that."
What’s something your teammates may not know about you yet?
“They don’t know much about me yet, I’m pretty boring. Maybe that both of my parents were in the Olympics in basketball and rowing. That has always been something that I thought was pretty cool.”