Saturday, April 4, 2015

McDonald's Gives Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Lifetime Dinner Card:

McDonald's gives former Vernon Vipers
goaltender Andrew Hammond a lifetime dinner card.

Here is an article on that story. In 19 games this season with the Senators Hammond is 16-1-1 with two shutouts & a 1.80 GAA 

The Ottawa Senators recalled Hammond from the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators on January 29th 2015. Hammond was in his second season with the Binghamton Senators before being called up to Ottawa where he attended the Senators development camp in July before being released from the Sens Training camp.

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:

Senators Hamburglar gets full meal deal

McDonald's gives goalie lifetime dinner card

By Don Brennan, Ottawa Sun

Monday, March 16, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. - Andrew Hammond joked that he didn't eat the hamburger thrown to the ice at Canadian Tire Centre following Sunday's victory because it was "cold."

Fact of the matter is, The Hamburglar can now get all he wants, straight off the grill.

Thanks to John Bergeron, the Senators goalie will be delivered a card that will give him free McDonald's food for life. Bergeron is the father of Chris Bergeron, who coached Hammond for three seasons at Bowling Green. He also owns six McDonald's locations in the Ottawa Valley and is a big Senators supporter.

Bergeron was so moved by the rise of The Hamburglar and appreciative of the promotion provided by the Senators goalie he called the VP of marketing at the head office in Toronto, suggesting a hamburger giveaway at Canadian Tire Centre. Toronto wanted to go one further and give Hammond the lifetime card.

"In college, having a McDonald's card for life is a huge deal. Maybe Hammy can afford to eat at some of the nicer establishment in Ottawa now," joked Mike Bergeron, Chris' brother and a long-time friend of Hammond. "It's a great story. Hammy hasn't changed his 'tude at all, and he's just riding the wave. He's just enjoying it.

"He knows the deal. He knows it's not going to be forever. but the difference with a guy like Hammy is, he's playing for his life. He's playing for his next contract."

Hammond said it was "cool" to see the hamburger tossed in his honour.

"You don't expect this kind of persona to develop while you're here playing, but it's all in good fun so I'm all for it," he said. "I'm taking it as a sign of respect, so it's obviously pretty cool to get that out of the fans."

Asked if, with the card, there should be concern he'll check into next fall's camp at 260 pounds, Hammond chuckled.

"I don't know, I'm thinking they have that new light menu, with all the salad and stuff," he said. "I guess at the end of the day at least I know I'll never end up starving. If hockey doesn't work out, I have a meal plan."

Meanwhile, 20-year old rookie Curtis Lazar nearly drooled at the thought of a hamburgers-for-life deal.

"I'm in a little jealous. I may have to try my luck at goal and see what happens," said Lazar, who was asked if Hammond's play has given the team energy. "It's awesome. We go out there at the end and someone throws a burger on the ice ... who knows, if we keep that up we better watch out for flying hamburgers. It's a neat story line."

Bobby Ryan also had a laugh when he saw the hamburger thrown in tribute to Hammond.

"That was pretty incredible," said Ryan. "I also noticed when they introduced him they put a (Hamburglar) mask on him, on the jumbo screen.

"This thing has taken on a life of its own. It couldn't happen for a better guy."

In Detroit, they throw octopus on the ice. In Florida, during the Panthers playoff run years ago, it was plastic rats.

In Ottawa? Hamburgers anyone?

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