Hamilton, 45, hails from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, and was an assistant under John LaFontaine last season for the Lumberjacks. Hamilton’s primary role last year was to develop players with the help of video analysis.
Hamilton has coached hockey for the better part of 25 years, starting in 1994 with AAA organization Little Caesar’s. After a one-year stint with Compuware, Hamilton coached another Detroit AAA powerhouse, Honeybaked, for 18 years (1999-2017). Hamilton’s coaching career has included 15 State Championships, three National Championships and two Quebec World Championships.
Under Hamilton’s tutelage, players like Alec Martinez (LA Kings), Bobby Ryan (Ottawa Senators) and Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks) were able to develop their skills and build successful NHL careers.
As a player, Hamilton’s junior hockey was played in the state of Michigan. A forward, Hamilton played in the North American Hockey League with the Lakeland Jets, Detroit Jr. Red Wings, and Detroit Freeze.
After a successful junior hockey career, Hamilton went on to play at Minnesota State University.