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33-year-old ice hockey player Mike Hammond killed in a car crash in Canada

Hammond made his international debut in 2018, helping the team win gold at the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Hungary, and played for Nottingham Panthers last season.

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Mike Hammond, a former hockey player for the Lakehead Thunderwolves, tragically passed away in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia.

Hammond showcased his talent during an impressive four-season tenure with Lakehead from 2011 to 2015. Following his college career, he pursued a professional hockey career with engagements in the ECHL, Denmark, Germany, and England. Notably, he played for the Nottingham Panthers during the last season.

On Thursday morning, the Thunderwolves paid their respects to Hammond through a heartfelt social media post.

The tribute acknowledged him as a gifted athlete, showcasing remarkable leadership and unwavering dedication to the sport of hockey. Hammond’s exceptional attitude towards the game earned him prestigious OUA accolades, being recognized as both an all-star player and the most sportsmanlike player, as stated in the Instagram post.

Hammond’s hockey journey began with the Wolves in 2011, where he showcased his talent until 2014. Subsequently, he pursued a successful professional career for ten years and emerged as a significant contributor to Team Great Britain at the World Hockey Championship.

Before his arrival in Thunder Bay 12 years ago, Hammond honed his skills during four seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League. During his time with the Thunderwolves, he proved to be an exceptional player, averaging over a point per game, amassing an impressive 130 points in just 11 regular-season matches.

After his stint with Cincinnati in the ECHL during the 2015-16 season, Hammond ventured overseas to begin a notable seven-year period playing in Europe. In the 2022-23 season, he showcased his skills with Nottingham, tallying 13 goals and 38 points in 51 games. Moreover,

Hammond played a vital role in Great Britain’s victory, securing gold at the Division 1 Group A World Championship in 2018. At this year’s event, he contributed five points, significantly aiding Great Britain’s return to the top group.

Originally from Brighton, England, Hammond spent his formative years in Victoria. A post from his current club expressed heartfelt condolences, stating that he will be deeply missed. The Panthers extend their thoughts to Mike’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. Additionally, the club stands with all of Hammond’s former teammates, keeping them and his family in their thoughts.

May Mike rest in peace, forever remembered and cherished. During his time with Lakehead, Hammond was recognized as an OUA all-rookie team selection in 2012. Additionally, in the 2014-15 season, he earned the esteemed titles of OUA West first-team all-star and most sportsmanlike player. His exceptional performance led him to lead the Elite Ice Hockey League in assists, securing an impressive 57 assists in 2019. The tragic crash took place on Wednesday night.


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