Travis Hamonic was about to start a new chapter in his professional hockey career when he found out there was a major change coming in his personal life as well. Hamonic was hard at work in the crawl space of his cabin at Lake of the Woods, Ontario, a few weeks before beginning his first training camp with the Calgary Flames in September when his wife, Stephanie, interrupted him with some important family news. "It's pretty dark down there," Hamonic said. "All of a sudden, the hatch opened, and she dropped in. I was like, 'What are you doing here?' Then she told me the news, that she was pregnant. "Kind of a neat way for her to tell me, and then immediately I started counting in my head." Hamonic was doing hockey-player math and calculating the due date against the schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Hamonics are expecting, for the first time, in April -- the same time Travis hopes to be playing in the playoffs for the Flames, who acquired him June 24 in a trade with the New York Islanders. "You see the date and hope it's between home games," he said, smiling widely. Hamonic was talking after practice last week in the Flames' dressing room, where there was a palpable level of Christmas anticipation. Cade Brouwer, the 2-year-old son of forward Troy Brouwer, had a plastic container filled with cookies and was going around the room offering them to each player. For Hamonic, the excitement about becoming a first-time father is coupled with the holiday season with his new team after the Islanders traded him to Calgary for a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and two second-round picks. A name for his daughter has been selected. His older brother Jesse, who lives in St. Louis, is expecting an addition to his family about two weeks before Travis and Stephanie.
Hamonic ready for next life-changing event
NHL.com | Dec 25