By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
As a rookie defenseman, Justin Hamonic played just 39 games.
Fast forward two years. After playing every game the past two seasons and his dedication to the game and his team, Hamonic was named captain of the Tri-City Americans on Thursday.
“I couldn’t have dreamt this,” Hamonic said from his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “It’s been a hard journey. It’s a great opportunity to be captain. It will be a fun year.”
Americans general manager Bob Tory had asked Hamonic if he thought he’d be up for the job during his exit interview two weeks ago. Hamonic said he would.
After all, he’d worn the captain’s letter for almost two months while Mitch Topping recovered from a broken arm.
“Justin is the natural choice for next season’s captain,” Tory said in a news release. “As a four-year veteran, he knows our expectations and culture. He served as interim captain when Mitch (Topping) was injured and did an excellent job. We look forward to Justin leading our team next season.”
Hamonic is the second consecutive defenseman to lead the Americans, and the fourth over the last 15 years, joining T.J. Fast (2007-08), Jarrett Toll (2009-10) and Topping (2013-14).
He is the second Winnipeg native to the wear the C, following Mason Wilgosh (2011-12), who was captain during Hamonic’s rookie year.