UND Grab Alaska Anchorage Leftovers
(Left) UND Coach Dave Hakstol (in disguise) is seen rummaging around the WCHA dumpster looking for players to fill his roster after the NHL defections ravaged his team this offseason
But when the 5-foot-11, 200 pound center faxed UND his release from the University of Alaska Anchorage last month, the Sioux didn't pass again (Obviously losing half the roster to the NHL changes your recruiting philosophy).
Hamilton, a sophomore at Anchorage, will transfer to UND this fall, but will have to sit out the 2006-07 season because of NCAA transfer rules (Damn NCAA Rules...First "Logogate" now this).
Hamilton, a Winnipeg native, said he wasn't originally recruited by UND, but he was offered a scholarship a little bit after UND coaches got his release (Probably when Hakstol realized that after graduation & NHL defections they might only have seven players left on the team).
Hamilton scored three goals and had four assists in 24 games for the Seawolves last season. He had seven goals and four assists in 19 games as a freshman (About what Gretzky used to get in two games).
"There was some conflict of personality between me and my coach (Turns out Coach Shyiak doesn't like penalty-ridden, sucky underachievers)," Hamilton said of first-year Seawolves coach Dave Shyiak. "I don't really want to get into it." (Of course savvy readers will notice that mentioning the conflict, you are "getting into it" Shea...)
"North Dakota was my first choice. It is a winning program every year (not if they continue recruiting UAA leftovers). Playing with a team like the Sioux, you always have a chance to win a national title (As long as they don't have to play DU in the Tourney)."
Hamilton will join the team as a junior in 2007-08.
For more information on Hamilton, visit the Herald's Sioux hockey blog at http://gfheraldsiouxhockey.blogspot.com/.