Thursday, April 6, 2017

My interview with Isles Travis Hamonic

Travis Hamonic helps the New York Islanders a lot. He is physical, strong, and pretty big (6 feet, 2 inches and 205 pounds), traits that help NHL defensemen. The St. Malo, Manitoba native was drafted 53rd overall (2nd round) of the 2008 NHL draft by the Islanders. He has 146 points (26 goals and 120 assists) in 444 career NHL games, all in New York. A problem occurred during the 2015-16 season, and Hamonic requested a trade. He said the reason was a family matter. After nearly being traded to his hometown Winnipeg Jets, Hamonic rescinded the request in the offseason, saying the matter was stabilized.
     At his teammate Anders Lee's Kan Jam event, I was able to catch up with Travis. Here's the questions I asked him.

   Me: "How has the team changed from December to now?"
   Hamonic: "As a group we expect a lot out of each other, and we expect to win every time. It's fun to get back in the playoff race.

   M: "A couple times this season, you've missed many games due to injuries. Is it tough to bounce back from injuries?
   H: "Yeah, it is. Especially this time of year when everyone else is playing at such a high level, and you've been out for a couple months. You need to get back up to speed quickly.

   M: "Was it tough to go through the pressure when you first requested a trade?"
   H: "I love being an Islander. You can see all of us are very good friends. It wasn't. Everyone was very, very supportive, and I think that's the most important thing.

   M: "What do you think about this event Anders Lee is running?"
   H: "It's important. When you do an event like this, you realize there's a lot of people that are less fortunate than others, and you can raise a lot of money, and try to do a lot of good in the world. I think it's really important."

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