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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Jeff Hamilton released by Ak Bars Kazan

Summer was a waste

Former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Jeff Hamilton has been let go by his Russian club, Ak Bars Kazan.

From the Russian site gazeta.ru:

"On Thursday, forward Jeff Hamilton was let go from Ak Bars. A member of the bronze medal-winning Team USA at the World Championships in 2004, Hamilton played in 8 games for the team from Kazan, collecting not a single point while totalling 16 penalty minutes. The coaching staff made the decision to part with the American after Ak Bars' most recent two games, against Yaroslavl and Moscow."

Hamilton, who played high school and college hockey in Connecticut, holds the AHL record for most game-winning goals in a season (15 with Bridgeport in '03-'04). He was one of the top scorers on the Wolf Pack last year (53 points in 60 games) and a first-team AHL All-Star after leading the AHL in goals with 43 the year before. Obviously he could still be a very productive AHL player if any team chooses to sign him.

(Apologies for re-using the photo above, but I couldn't find a single picture of Hamilton playing for Ak Bars, for whom he wore #50. He mustn't have been getting much ice time.)