Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond has suffered a tear in his right labrum, Hammond will require surgery and his season is over.
Hammond cleared waivers February 12th 2017 before the Ottawa Senators sent Hammond to the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators.
Hammond is in his third season with the Ottawa Senators has spent the previous three seasons with the American Hockey League Binghamton Senators & NHL Ottawa Senators.
After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.
Hammond made his NHL debut February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory.
Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts.
Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:
This was in the Ottawa Sun Newspaper:
Hammond's season from hell comes to premature end
By Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun
Monday, February 27, 2017
TAMPA — It has gone from bad to worse for Andrew Hammond.
Trying to get his career back on track after being sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton last month when goaltender Craig Anderson returned from his personal leave, Hammond suffered a tear in his right labrum, he will require surgery and his season is over.
Hammond, 29, who took the club on a remarkable 20-1-2 run to lead the Senators to the playoffs in 2015, complained of some pain playing 10 days ago with Binghamton and was sent for further testing.
“This surgery will keep (Hammond) out for the remainder of the season and our doctors are estimating that his rehabilitation will allow him to begin skating in approximately 12 weeks,” GM Pierre Dorion said Monday.
This has been a terrible season for Hammond, who has another year left at $1.35 million so the Senators will have to decide at the end of the season they’re going to buy him out of the final year of his deal.
He suffered a groin injury on Oct. 30 against the Calgary Flames then he suffered high-ankle sprain on Dec. 18 vs. the New York Islanders. Both injuries kept him out for an extended period and Mike Condon has emerged as the backup to Craig Anderson.
“It’s one of those years for (Hammond). I feel bad. I really do,” coach Guy Boucher said Monday night. “It’s one of those nightmare years. I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”