Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was named the American Hockey League player of the week.
Hammond is in his first season with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild. In 33 games this season Hammond went 19-14-0 with three shutouts and a 2.81 GAA
Hammond & the Wild clinched a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history are facing the Milwaukee Admirals in the opening round of the American Hockey League best of five playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Wild October 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. Hammond spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators, San Antonio Rampage & NHL Colorado Avalanche.
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 is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn 21 wins in his first 27 games.
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.
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IOWA WILD GOALTENDER ANDREW HAMMOND NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Apr 15, 2019
The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild goaltender Andrew Hammond has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 14, 2019. He joins fellow goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen as the Wild’s recipients of the CCM/AHL Player of the Week award this season.
Hammond stopped 86 of the 90 shots he faced in three starts last week (3-0-0, 1.30, .956), helping the Wild secure the franchise’s first-ever berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
As Iowa entered the final week of the regular season on an eight-game losing streak and in danger of letting a postseason trip slip away, Hammond made 38 saves – including 21 in the third period – on Wednesday night to backstop the Wild to a 7-3 victory at Grand Rapids. He stopped 23 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory against Chicago on Friday, and his 25-save shutout of Rockford on Saturday allowed the Wild to advance to the playoffs for the first time in their six-year history.
Hammond completed the 2018-19 regular season with a record of 19-12-2 in 33 appearances with Iowa, registering a 2.81 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and three shutouts. The sixth-year pro from Surrey, B.C., has played 132 career AHL games with Iowa, San Antonio, Belleville and Binghamton, going 62-55-9 with a 3.03 GAA, a .905 save percentage and six shutouts. Hammond, who signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2018, has made 56 career NHL appearances with Ottawa and Colorado (27-15-6, 2.31, .923).
In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Hammond will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Wild home game.