Wednesday, August 09, 2006

HOMETOWN BOY NOT SIGNED YET


Smithers B.C's very own Dan Hamhuis has not been resigned by the Nashville Predators yet. Hamhuis, who had 26 points and a -12 in 80 games in his rookie season, improved dramatically as a sophmore last season with 38 points and a +11 in 82 games.
For the past 2 seasons especially, the Preds have been very deep on defence, and Dan has
still played in the top 4 in Nashville. Danil Markov was let go this offseason. So we know the Preds are comitted to Hamhuis, I just wonder how far apart they are in negotiations. I would assume that Dan will get between $2.0 - 2.5 million for a multi-year deal. The Preds are sitting at about $32 million in salaries so far.
I find it intriguing how Smithers residents are loyal to Hamhuis. In turn we root for the Predators as well, especially in the playoffs when/if the Canucks don't make it, and sometimes even when they do make it. The town buzzes whenever he does something out of the ordinary, like the 4 point game, a huge hit, and the deke job Lang put on him in the playoffs (ouch). He is becoming an icon in our community and we are proud of him no matter what he does. He is such a down-to-earth guy as well.
I got to hang out with him once as I was really good friends with his uncle Jerry. The three of us went on a canoe expedition down the Nadina River (east of Houston B.C.) This was just before Dan's tryouts for the Preds. At one point we all bailed out of the canoe before a log jam. Dan had the rope (that was tied to an S - hook on the front of the canoe) wrapped around his hand trying to prevent the water- filled canoe from going under the logs. I think Jerry and I were catching our footing in the creek floor at the time, as well looking for Jerry's dog who had gone under the log jam ahead of us. All of a sudden we hear Dan screaming in pain at the top of his lungs...somehow he had snagged his index finger in the hook attached to the front of the canoe! The full weight of the water-filled canoe was pulling on his finger! I couldn't get my footing to help but Jerry did, as Dan yanked his finger out of the hook. Dan collected himself on the creek bank as his finger bled. Jerry and I looked at eachother, both thinking "Oh shit! His finger is broken and he has to tryout for the Predators in a week!"
Well, it was probably just a bad sprain, because his finger was fine for the tryouts, and he made the team! (The dog popped out on the other side of the log jam eventually as well!)
A great story he told us on the way home was about when he appeared on Coach's Corner during Game 2 of the Devils/Avs Finals as the prospects usually do. He didn't like Cherry! He also said that Lou Lamoriello wouldn't let any of the Devils see the prospects before the 2nd period. However, Joe Sakic came out to see them just before the period started. Dan was amazed by the amount of class that Sakic showed, especially during a Finals game. Good stuff.

Hamhuis' favorite player growing up: Scott Stevens. See the similarities?

16 Comments:

At August 9, 2006 at 10:48 a.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

Wow, great personal story Zanstorm. I convinced the Head Coach of the Prince George Cougars(WHL) to try hitting his golf ball out of a water hazard and be splashed a big hunk of mud and grass all over the teams owner......he was fired early the next season. True story. lol

Oh, my dog took a crap on the corner of Dan's parents lawn once while out on a walk. True story

 
At August 9, 2006 at 10:57 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

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At August 9, 2006 at 11:50 a.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

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Hee hee. I saw it.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 12:52 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I felt bad for him after he posted that nice Leafs vid!

I just couldn't hate him anymore~

 
At August 9, 2006 at 12:53 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

He says those stories are actually true though!

 
At August 9, 2006 at 1:39 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Ham House...great hockey name. Best since Bob Corkum!

Cool story! Wish Sleek would rat out on the deleted post though.

I was a bar in town here a few years ago and Doug Gilmour was in town for a proposed Cornwall Royals reunion. My friend Shawn was with me and we were talking to Doug about tons of stuff. My buddy has a knack of sticking his foot in his mouth and Dougs been known to like his beer. Buddy says to Doug that he reminds him of Esa Tikkanen. I was about to crawl under a pool table I was so embarrassed! Doug says "I hate that f*ck*ng bastard SOB, he's a lippy little sh*t, and you can't make out crap he's saying. You comparing me to him?" Buddy relies, "Well, just in the way he gets under people's skin." I wanted to die!!!

I kept on talking to Dougie, but whenever my buddy came by, he'd blow us off and go for a piss!

LOts of good old Royals stories here. I was in high school grades 11 and 12 in the two years they won the Memorial Cup. My locker for 3 months was next to Dale Hawerchuk!

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I saw it too. I bluffed him with a "I'll punch your fuggin face in" and he removed his comment. "Shaking like a Leaf" pretty much sums it up.
Later, I felt bad and gave him some CBC Leaf propaganda. It's all good now!!!

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:01 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

Hey R/C they pronounce it Ham Hoose. They always get it wrong on TV.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:07 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Wish Sleek would rat out on the deleted post though.

I'm working on the cartoon version now.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:10 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Oh to be from Ontario...

RC, I thought Hodge was being sarcastic, so I told him to tell the story about Murray Baron and him.. and the 'bar of soap!'

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:19 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Hamoose! LMAO. Sleek..bring it on - can't wait.

I haven't referenced "bar of soap" since my Mike Danton blog! Check it out.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:26 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Hamhuis knew little of Cherry when he met him. He misunderstood when someone said, "Hey I heard you got to meet Don Cherry and blew the dog!"

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:28 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Sleek..bring it on - can't wait.

Oh crap, I was kidding too. One thing about the desk job is I can work on word documents and excel sheets all I want, but I can't quite break out the MS Paint until I go home.

It looks too fishy on my 'business-oriented' desktop.

I'll draw something tonight, maybe another division.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:41 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

HAHA yeah, paintshop at work = not good news!

"Don Cherry and blew the dog!"
LOL! geez that is funny!

 
At August 9, 2006 at 6:56 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I've updated the Smithers entry on Wikipedia to include Dan Hamhuis (at the bottom under "Miscellaneous").

Yeah, we love the Hammer.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 9:03 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ay! Good for you man, I'll check it out.

 

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