It’s come full circle for Dan Hamhuis. Wednesday, the Nashville Predators announced a two-year deal for the former Prince George Cougars defenceman.
Hamhuis was originally drafted by the Predators out of Prince George in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Hamhuis played his first six seasons in the NHL with the Predators, compiling 161 points in 483 career regular season games with the Predators, before moving on the Vancouver and then Dallas. To date, Hamhuis has played in 1,031 career regular season games in the NHL, amassing 59 goals and 343 points. He’s played in 62 career playoff games, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final with the Canucks in 2011.
The Smithers, product has extensive international resume with Team Canada, winning the gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, World Championship gold twice in 2007 and 2015, two silver medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships. He also won silver at the 2002 World Junior Championship and bronze the year prior (2001).
Hamhuis played four seasons in Prince George, playing a total of 247 career regular season games with the Cougars, collecting 34 goals and 156 points. In the 2001-2002 season, the accolades poured in for Hamhuis, who was named the WHL Player of the Year and Defenceman of the Year, along with the CHL Player of the Year, and was named a CHL First Team All-Star.