Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Denis Hamel
Denis Hamel was born May 10, 1977 in Lachute, Quebec. The sixth round, 153rd overall selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Hamel is a graduate of the QMJHL's Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

An offensively gifted forward, Hamel played three seasons in Chicoutimi, registering 100 points (50-50-100) in his final year. In March of 1996, Hamel had his NHL rights traded to the Buffalo Sabres and in the fall of 1997 made his professional debut with the club's AHL affiliate in Rochester.

After playing the better part of three seasons in Rochester, Hamel went on to make his NHL debut during the 1999-00 season. Over the course of the next three seasons, Hamel became a regular in the Buffalo lineup before opting to sign as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2003. Having yet to play a game with the Senators, Hamel was put on waivers and claimed by the Washington Capitals just prior to the 2003-04 season, before being re-claimed by the Senators a mere two days after the Caps had acquired him.

In his first full season with the Senators organization, the former Chicoutimi star went on to spend the majority of his season with the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

After suiting up for 43 games the Ottawa Senators in the 2005-06 season, the club placed Hamel on waivers. The following day Hamel was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers. After only three games with the Thrashers, Hamel was again placed on waivers and was shortly after claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers. Hamel spent seven games with the Flyers and was left without a contract in the summer of 2007 until the Senators opted to sign their former teammate in July.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Lachute Regents QAAA 32 18 24 42
1993-94 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 28 10 11 21 50
1993-94 Abitibi Forestiers QAAA 15 5 7 12 29 5 0 3 3 16
1994-95 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 66 15 12 27 155 -3 13 2 0 2 29
1995-96 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 65 40 49 89 199 +12 17 10 14 24 64
1996-97 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 70 50 50 100 339 +24 20 15 10 25 65
1997-98 Rochester Americans AHL 74 10 15 25 98 -1 4 1 2 3 0
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 74 16 17 33 121 +21 20 3 4 7 10
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 1 0 1 0 -1
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 76 34 24 58 122 +8 21 6 7 13 49
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 8 3 11 22 -2
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 2 6 8 28 -1
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 2 0 2 17 -4
2002-03 Rochester Americans AHL 48 27 20 47 64 +15 3 3 2 5 4
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -3
2003-04 Binghamton Senators AHL 78 29 38 67 116 +2 2 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Binghamton Senators AHL 80 39 39 78 75 +10 5 1 0 1 4
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 0 +1
2005-06 Binghamton Senators AHL 77 56 35 91 65 -5
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 4 3 7 10 +4
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 1 0 1 0 0
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 0 0 0 0 -4
2007-08 Binghamton Senators AHL 67 32 23 55 60 +4
2008-09 Binghamton Senators AHL 63 25 25 50 36 +8
2009-10 Binghamton Senators AHL 73 22 29 51 45 -20
2010-11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 66 25 25 50 50 -6
2011-12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 74 23 23 46 14 -30
NHL Totals 192 19 12 31 77


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1995) AHL First All-Star Team (2004) Willie Marshall Award (AHL - Top Goal-scorer) (2006) (tied with Don MacLean) Yanick Dupre Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution) (2008) Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis for Charlie Huddy and Buffalo's 7th round choice (Daniel Corso) in 1996 Entry Draft, March 19, 1996.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. NY Islanders, January 27, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 5, 2003. Claimed by Washington from Ottawa in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Traded to Ottawa by Washington for future considerations, October 5, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Ottawa, February 10, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Atlanta, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 6, 2007. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Adirondack (AHL), November 1, 2010.