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Hamill Tops Childhood Memories

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins –The Vancouver Canucks trailed 3-1 in the opening series against the Calgary Flames in the 1994 playoffs – but made a surging run to force Game 7.

Hamill hails from British Columbia

Canucks forward Pavel Bure buried a double overtime goal that sparked seventh-seeded Vancouver’s run through the Western Conference, completing a tear that upended the second (Calgary), fourth (Dallas) and third (Toronto) seeded playoff teams.

The New York Rangers waited for the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final, and a six-year-old Zach Hamill watched as his team fell to the Eastern Conference powerhouse in Game 7, after battling back from a 3-1 series deficit.

“[Vancouver] was definitely my team growing up a long as I can remember,” Hamill said. “It goes way back to [Trevor] Linden, [Pavel] Bure, [Kirk] McLean, [Jyrkie] Lumme – a lot of those guys. I can name all those guys from that ’94 team that lost in the Final that year.”

Now, the Bruins 23-year old forward will watch as his favorite childhood team comes to the TD Garden.

With Rich Peverley back in the lineup and Brad Marchand slated to return from illness, it's likely that Hamill won’t play, but Zach is elated to have an opportunity to be on the team skating against the Canucks.

“I’m a Boston Bruin now, and I couldn’t be happier to be one,” Hamill said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Hamill grew up in the hockey haven of British Columbia that has turned out 334 professional hockey players, and his roots inspired his love for the game.

When Hamill looks back on it, it’s the guys like Bure, Linden, McLean and Lumme that inspired him to be where he is today.

“Growing up going to games as a kid, but not even as a kid, even a couple of years ago – it motivates you to get to that level and I’m lucky to have an opportunity to be here.”

--- Anthony Gulizia


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