Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Hamilton
Although the Pittsburgh Penguins made Jim Hamilton their first choice in the 1977 Entry Draft, the team never made him a consistent part of their line-up. Hamilton spent most of his career commuting between the NHL and the Pens' minor league affiliate.

Between 1977-78 and '84-'85, Hamilton played a total of 95 games in a Pittsburgh uniform. As a rookie he signed with the team because he felt that the coaching staff would provide a good learning environment. Unfortunately, he never spent a long enough stretch with the Pens to find his groove, although he turned in some good performances.

During the 1978-79 playoff series against Buffalo, Hamilton had three goals in four games. He even tied an NHL record by scoring a goal five seconds after a Buffalo goal. In spite of his hard work, Hamilton continued his roller coaster ride back and forth to the minors. After playing with four different teams in the 1984-85 season, he retired from playing.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 London Knights OHA-Jr. 70 9 14 23 19
1974-75 London Knights OMJHL 68 17 24 41 108
1975-76 London Knights OMJHL 53 24 23 47 37 5 2 2 4 0
1976-77 London Knights OMJHL 65 39 53 92 40 19 6 5 11 16
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 2 4 6 2 -3
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 31 4 4 8 19
1977-78 Grand Rapids Owls IHL 22 7 15 22 12
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 3 0
1978-79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 66 25 24 49 34 6 2 3 5 2
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 2 0 2 0 -6
1979-80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 50 16 19 35 33 4 0 1 1 4
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 6 7 18 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 28 16 18 34 31
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 5 3 8 2 +2
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 57 27 17 44 51
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 2 2 2 -2
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 45 32 10 42 36
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 2 2 4 4 +2
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 66 34 45 79 54 9 6 6 12 0
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 2 1 3 0 -6
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 16 5 6 11 24
1984-85 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Zurcher SC Swiss-2 14 17 4 21 1 0 1 1
NHL Totals 95 14 18 32 28 6 3 0 3 0