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Hamill Looks to Make the Jump

by Hailee Lange / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- At just 20 years old, it’s already clear that forward Zach Hamill will do anything to succeed. 

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Since being drafted in the first round (the B's first pick, eighth overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Hamill has never quit and has always worked hard, even in the toughest of times.

For example, early in the 2008-09 season, while with the Providence Bruins, Hamill suffered an injury to his wrist and had to undergo surgery.

“It was tough and started off slow with my injury, but as the year went on, I felt better and progressed a lot,” said the Vancouver native, expressing just the kind of attitude it takes to be a Bruin.

Hamill still managed to play in 65 regular season and 16 playoff games with the P-Bruins, tallying up 13-13-26 regular-season totals and 1-5-6 playoff totals.

But the young forward says he can’t take all of the credit for his determination in hockey, and cites his brother Carson, a college hockey player, who has helped him learn and maintain his love for the game.

“He’s taken me under his wing since I was young,” Hamill said.  “He is the reason why I started playing hockey.”

And hockey’s Hamill’s top priority now, even in his off time.

“I just like to relax and enjoy the summer,” he said. “But I play a lot of road hockey and a little bit of roller hockey.”

Bruins fans know that Hamill is doing a lot more than playing street hockey during the summer. After completing his third Bruins Development Camp this year, Hamill can be considered a veteran who understands what the camp is really all about.

“You’re not [there] to make a team, you’re [there] to take everything in,” he said.  “It’s a time for you to figure out what you’ve got to work on and what your strengths and weaknesses are.”

And, after a week where he was one of the defacto captains at development camp, Hamill has shown he will do the work by devoting a week’s worth of extra time to train with Bruins Strength and Conditioning coach, John Whitesides.

It’s that work ethic that has Director of Hockey Operations & Player Development, Don Sweeney, excited about the young Bruins prospect.

“He’s got a real good feeling of the game,” Sweeney said.  “It’s just a matter of continuing to mature as a young man, getting stronger, and having an understand of what it’s like to play with the bigger and stronger guys.”

And, according to the former Bruins defenseman, Hamill has chosen a the right person to emulate in David Krejci.

“David’s a good benchmark for Zach,” said Sweeney. “David’s put on a lot of strength from the time he’s been on the Boston Bruins and you see that on the ice.

“[Krejci] went through a period of time a few years ago where he had to go back down, find his game a little bit, and adjust to the pace a little bit.  All young players probably go through it to a degree. 

“So, Zach will find his way [too] and that’s the beauty of coming to camps like this and working with Johnny and having a clear understanding of what you need to do to fill in the gaps."

And once those gaps are filled, nothing will get in Hamill’s way.
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