Travis Hamonic is still preparing for the biggest game of his life.
The Canadian defenceman won’t be on the ice in Tuesday’s World Junior Hockey final against the United States (6:30 p.m., TSN), but he’s still doing everything he can to help his teammates succeed.
The Moose Jaw Warrior spent Monday fielding questions about the Grade 3 tear of the AC joint in his left shoulder that will keep him out of the gold medal game and shelve him for six-to-eight weeks.
“It’s the biggest game that I could have had the opportunity to play in in my life and from that standpoint it’s very disappointing,” said Hamonic of his separated shoulder. “My dream was to play in the gold medal game, but my biggest dream was to win a gold medal. Just because I can’t be on the ice with the guys doing it, I know they’re going to rally around me.”
Hamonic has played a big role on the Canadian shutdown defensive pairing with Marco Scandella. The 19-year-old had a goal and two assists in the tournament, but more importantly he’s tied for the tournament lead in plus-minus as a plus-nine and didn’t taken a penalty.
Now he feels he has an equally important role to play by supporting his teammates.
For more see Tuesday's Times-Herald.