Last night we saw that the Boston Bruins can get Dougie Hamilton off his game by simply existing. This is going to be a long series for the former Bruin.
While Hamilton was in Boston he just seemed to be a soft defensemen. He had no attitude and seemed to have no drive which is pretty hard to do when you are 6’6″.
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Hamilton ended up reportedly requesting a trade from the team that drafted him with the 9th overall pick in the 2011 draft and got to play in Canada.
Now Hamilton finds himself in Carolina after getting traded once again and gets the pleasure of playing his former team in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Game 1 it was clear, Dougie Hamilton doesn’t like Boston.
It was almost like Hamilton was trying to prove doubters wrong. He was going out of his way to be physical and getting in scrums. He squared up with Zdeno Chara and I thought “big Z” was going to punch his head clean off like he was in Game of Thrones.
You can tell that players who were on the team with Hamilton probably don’t like the guy as well. After the game, Chara wasn’t going to give Hamilton any credit.
Then the tough guy persona finally cost Hamilton and the Canes. One call may have been questionable, but Hamilton was going out of his way to create contact and he gave the Boston Bruins two power play opportunities.
Thankfully the Bruins power play was able to convert and any momentum that Carolina had was taken out from under them.
If Dougie Hamilton continues to struggle with his emotions this will be a series from hell for him.