CALGARY, AB -- Like most hockey-playing kids, Freddie and Dougie Hamilton spent their childhood dreaming of suiting up for an National Hockey League team.
To be able to toss on the sweater of an NHL franchise and make a career out of playing hockey at the highest level was the ultimate goal.
But their dream had a bit of a different spin to it.
Just over a year apart in age, they wanted to play alongside each other during their hockey careers and ultimately end up skating for the same NHL team at some point.
On Sunday, the pair got a bit closer to that childhood vision.
The Calgary Flames, who acquired Dougie in June from the Boston Bruins, dealt a conditional seventh round in the 2016 NHL Draft to Colorado in exchange for Freddie.
Dougie, 22, signed a long-term deal with the Flames earlier in the summer and is already penciled in on the team's top defensive pairing to start the season, skating alongside Mark Giordano. Freddie, 23, will start the 2015-16 campaign in the AHL with the Stockton Heat.
"That was always a dream, ever since we were little, to play on the same team," Freddie told CalgaryFlames.com. "This gives us a chance to do that. There’s a lot of work that still has to be done but that is definitely a huge bonus, being part of the organization."
The news came as a bit of a shock to Dougie, who found out on Sunday afternoon during a team event.
"Brad [Treliving] told me when we were at the little barbecue we were having today. It kind of caught me off guard but obviously it’s really exciting," he said. "I’m looking forward to being in the same organization as my brother now and seeing what happens."
The pair have played together in the past, suiting for three seasons together as members of the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs, and at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton.
"The memory from that … making the team together, being able to wear the Canadian jersey together, and being able to do it in Canada, it was one of my best hockey memories – especially being able to do that with my brother," Dougie stated. "That’s probably one of the best memories."
Freddie concurred, noting how much it meant to be able to represent his country with his younger sibling.
"Being able to have that experience with your brother ... very memorable."
Freddie, who has 29 NHL games and 197 AHL games under his belt, describes himself as a versatile forward who plays a strong two-way game. With 43 goals and 103 points during his time in the AHL over the last three years, he'll no doubt looked upon by head coach Ryan Huska to play a big role amongst the forward corps in Stockton.
He is looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself to management and earn a call-up with the Flames, a team he greatly admires.
"It’s really exciting," he said of the trade. "I was shocked at first but then excited and it’s been exciting every since. It’s a great organization. Everybody saw how well they did last year and the organization is on a rise. I’m thrilled to be part of the organization and to get a chance here."