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Hamilton, Clark Add Depth To Avs' System

by Alyssa Romeo / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche organization shuffled around several of its minor-league prospects prior to Monday's 1 p.m. MT NHL Trade Deadline.

Colorado traded Lake Erie defenseman Karl Stollery for center Freddie Hamilton of the Worcester Sharks, the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, and acquired defenseman Mat Clark in a trade that sent Michael Sgarbossa to the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

The Avalanche finished deadline day by sending prospect Paul Carey and NHL-veteran Maxim Talbot to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jordan Caron and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick. Caron will report directly to the Avs.

Freddie Hamilton

Hamilton, a Toronto native, was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2010 draft and has played in 12 career NHL games with the Sharks. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward had appeared in 52 contests this season for Worcester and has scored nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points.

Prior to turning pro, Hamilton played for the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League. He was chosen 14th overall by Niagara in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft, and made club history by becoming the IceDogs franchise's first-ever draft pick.

As an OHL player, he recorded 252 points (108 goals and 144 assists) in 258 games and was the awarded the 2008-09 Ivan Tennant Memorial Award, which honors the top high school player to perform outstanding in academics.

Hamilton, 23, hails from a long line of family members who are athletically talented. Both parents represented Team Canada in the 1984 Summer Olympics and his brother also plays in the NHL. His father Doug competed in rowing while his mother Lynn was a basketball player at the Olympics, and Hamilton’s younger brother Dougie currently plays for the Bruins.

Mat Clark

In addition to adding offensive depth to the Avs' system with the acquisition of Hamilton, Clark will bring a physical toughness to the blue line with his large frame.

Born in Wheat Ridge, Colo., but grew up in Ontario, Canada, Clark was chosen by Anaheim in the second round (37th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft and has one assist in seven games with the Ducks this season. He made his NHL debut for Anaheim on April 4, 2012 versus the Edmonton Oilers.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound rear guard had appeared in 45 games for the Norfolk Admirals this season and has a goal, five assists and 60 penalty minutes.

He has played for several teams in the past six years, beginning with his junior-playing days with current Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. After playing for the Battalion for two seasons (2008-2010), he closed out 2009-10 by playing one game with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

The 2010-11 season led him to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch where he had to three goals and 25 assists in two seasons before joining Norfolk in 2013.

Both Hamilton and Clark will head for Cleveland to get acquainted with their new teammates before Lake Erie's next game on Wednesday against Milwaukee.

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