Here at the Miami Hockey Blog, we recently had the chance to catch up with one of the latest players to verbally commit to the program- Trevor Hamilton. Hamilton, who is a defenseman, currently plays for Honeybaked Hockey and is expected to join the RedHawks for the 2014 season.
“When I went on my un-official visit to Miami, it was the first that I had heard of “The Brotherhood”, said Hamilton. “Once Coach Brekke explained it to my family and I, I understood it real quick and what it stands for. I am a guy who has only been with one team his whole career (Honeybaked) so I’m used to being part of many extended families and being part of a team. The size of the school, the success of Miami hockey and the good chances of Coach Blasi still being here to coach me were my deciding factors in choosing to be a RedHawk”.
Hamilton is having a great season with Honeybaked. The 6’0, 175 lb. Grosse Point Farms, Michigan native has potted 13 goals and chipped in 60 assists for the midget minor program, while amassing a plus-92 rating. But while he seems to be an “offensively-minded defenseman”, Hamilton considers physical play a large part of his game as well.
“Hitting and playing with an edge is something that is a big part of my game”, Hamilton said. “I love to play physical and I know I need to continue to get stronger and faster to be able to be an impact player for Miami. I have 73 penalty minutes, too, so not only do I enjoy playing physical, I have some offense to bring as well.”
Seeing as his hometown isn’t far from the Motor City, Hamilton considers a well-known Red Wings’ defenseman to be the inspiration of his style of play.
“I try and model my game after Nicklas Kronwall”, he said. “He is a physical and smart defenseman who still brings offense to the team while shutting down the top players each night”.
While we all know that this weekend is one of great importance to the current crop of RedHawks, Hamilton has something large on his plate as well. He’ll be in “enemy territory”: Ann Arbor- at the US National Team Development Program tryout camp. The camp is comprised of the top 45 players in the 1995 birth year and is considered to be “the” program for up and coming players in the amateur world.
“I want nothing more than to make that team. I would love to have the opportunity to play for my country with the NTDP, while developing my skills prior to my college career at Miami”, Hamilton said. ”
And he certainly wants RedHawk fans to know he’s proud to be a part of the family.
“I’m excited to be a RedHawk and I will be the hardest working guy on the ice each night. I want to get a Business Degree at Miami and want to win numerous CCHA and National Championships while there.”