Days Until The First Oilers Game: 3 – Al Hamilton

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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:

GP G A P PIM P/M
31 4 15 19 20 -2

Career Oilers WHA Stats:

GP G A P PIM P/M
455 53 258 311 492 24

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:

  1. One helluva WHA defenseman
  2. Good Canadian kid from Flin Flon, Manitoba
  3. Unreal salad in his prime
  4. He was the first captain in franchise history
  5. 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.

 

 


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