EDMONTON, AB - At the beginning of the 2001 Edmonton Oilers season, Al Hamilton stood near centre ice of Northlands Coliseum and watched with pride as his number 3 jersey was retired, marked by a banner that made its celebrated journey to the rafters. It took its well-deserved place as the first Edmonton Oilers jersey number to be hung in the storied arena. Hamilton probably had hundreds of thousands of memories racing through his mind of his days as a rugged defenceman known for his uncanny leadership.
But then, as he strolled off the ice to revered applause, the man widely known as "Hammy" started another chapter in his hockey career, opening its first page the same way he played the game: always looking ahead. Making things happen.
The Al Hamilton trademark.
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