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Hamill Happy to Contribute

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- There’s no question forward Zach Hamill is enjoying his call-up from Providence, and since he’s joined the team a week ago, he’s making the most of his opportunity with the Boston Bruins.

Hamill makes himself readily available to play virtually anywhere on the ice, whether it’s at wing or center, on the penalty kill or on the power play, or simply during even strength.

“I come to work everyday and come to the rink with a work ethic attitude, and wherever I’m needed I want to go,” Hamill said. “My hockey sense takes over and I’m willing to do everything it takes to stay up here and help the team and contribute as much as I can.”

Hamill said that confidence of the coaching staff has helped him play into the role he has with the team, and his versatility and willingness is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Head Coach Claude Julien.

“I see a guy competing a lot harder and more confident than I’ve ever seen,” Julien said.  “He gets in the battle, and his playmaking ability is really showing more than ever. He’s made some unbelievable plays with us and we recognize those kinds of things.

“Right now, he’s playing like a guy who wants to stay – he hasn’t given us any reason right now to change our mind.”

For Hamill, he’s been eager to join the penalty kill because it helps utilize both ends of his game, but more because it helps the team out.

“I think [the penalty kill] helped my game a little bit, and shows I can play both sides of the puck,” he said. “I thought penalty killing was something I like to contribute to just because it gets me on the ice and helps the team.”

Kampfer still waiting for time
B’s defenseman Steven Kampfer last saw NHL game time Dec. 14 against Ottawa, and although he’s been a steady presence in Boston, the defenseman has bounced back and forth between Providence and the NHL.

Kampfer, who injured his left knee in the a preseason game against the Senators, said the first half of the season has been exasperating, but he’s keeping his head up.

“It’s been frustrating starting off with the injury, and you want to play in every game,” Kampfer said. “But I’m glad our team is doing well so that’s the main thing –you just have to stay supportive.”

Although it’s been tough at times, Kampfer said his frequent visits to the AHL have helped him to continue to develop his game.

 “It’s definitely a big help when you can go down and play a lot – it’s good to stay as sharp as you can,” he said. “I think my speed has gotten a little bit better, I try to gain that and get a little bit stronger on the puck so it’s been a good process of learning a little bit more each day.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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