Days Until The First Oilers Game: 3 – Al Hamilton
Today’s Player: Al Hamilton, he’s that guy^. What an outstanding mop. Probably gave Gordie Howe a good chop to the teeth 0.5 seconds after that picture was taken. The WHA, baby.
Career Oilers Stats:
Career Oilers WHA Stats:
Why We Liked Him:
I’m not going to sit here and act like I know anything about Al Hamilton. His last NHL season came 11 years before I was born. Here’s what I know about him:
- One helluva WHA defenseman
- Good Canadian kid from Flin Flon, Manitoba
- Unreal salad in his prime
- He was the first captain in franchise history
- His number is up there with Gretzky, Moose, Kurri, Coffey, Andy, Fuhr and Rod Phillips
He didn’t have a chance to whoop a Flame into his place because he never played because he retired before they even existed, but I know he would have if given the chance.
Why We Didn’t Like Him:
I can’t even pretend like I have anything against him.
Where Is He Now?
Being all retired and shit living in the greatest city on the planet (Edmonton) working for the Oilers alumni. He’s 69-years-old and I’ve never seen him play hockey but I’d be willing to bet he could still skate circles around Andrew Ference.