Don’t count out Ha­monic

For­got­ten man has shot at Team Canada

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - HOCKEY - By Gary Law­less

“This much tal­ent in one dress­ing room, it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence you have to try and learn from. I’m one of the younger guys in the camp but I think I fit in re­ally well with this group,” said Ha­monic. “But as much as I’m try­ing to learn, I’m try­ing to show I fit in and I can work my way onto this team. It’s not dif­fer­ent for me than any­one else, the coaches have been clear and fair about it. The guys play­ing the best will get to be on the team.”

Ha­monic signed a long-term con­tract with the New York Is­landers this sum­mer and is de­vel­op­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the bet­ter shut­down de­fence­men in the NHL. A smooth skater with the abil­ity to match the best for­wards in the NHL, Ha­monic be­lieves he can fill a role with Team Canada.

“For a de­fence­man that plays my style of game, if you’re get­ting no­ticed, of­ten it’s be­cause you’re not do­ing the right things,” said Ha­monic. “Ev­ery team needs a player that can play my style and that can shut play­ers down. New York is no dif­fer­ent and ob­vi­ously there’s a lot of good de­fence­men here in this camp. I was told once to find some­thing and be the best at it. My skat­ing abil­ity and my shut­down abil­ity are things that hope­fully I can bring to this team.”

Team Canada GM Steve Yz­er­man says there is lots of room for young play­ers such as Ha­monic to earn a spot on the team.

“I would say, con­ser­va­tively, there are eight play­ers we think are likely to be with us,” said Yz­er­man. “Th­ese guys are proud play­ers and they all have great con­fi­dence in them­selves and they all feel they be­long on the team. That’s the way they think. And that’s why they’re good play­ers. There’s no doubt there will be play­ers that are dis­ap­pointed. We can’t avoid that. We’ll try to pick a good team and hope­fully, we’ll win.

“I don’t con­sider th­ese guys long shots. They’re all here. They all have a good chance.” ‘As much as I’m try­ing

to learn, I’m also try­ing to show I fit it and I can work my way onto the team’

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