Friday, August 21, 2015

Cal Hammond

At least 4 NHL Games

February 28, 1973 Minnesota North Stars vs California Golden Seals. 7-3 win.
March 3, 1973 Minnesota North Stars vs Atlanta Flames. 3-0 win.
March 4, 1973 Minnesota North Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins. 5-2 win.
March 7, 1973 Minnesota North Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins. 10-4 win.

   A star junior player with the Flin Flon Bombers, Cal Hammond was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1970. June, 1971 his rights were claimed by the AHL's Cleveland Barons from the Canadiens. In 1972 Hammond was signed by the NHL's Minnesota North Stars.

   Three goalies appeared in net for the Minnesota North Stars during the 1972/73 NHL season. The legendary Gump Worsley started the year with the North Stars but a hamstring injury caused him to miss most of the latter part of the season and nearly caused his retirement. Cesare Maniago and Gilles Gilbert picked up the slack in Minnesota's net. Gilbert, however, was forced to sit out a few games with a broken finger. The North Stars recalled Cal Hammond for a period of time to serve as backup goalie to Maniago. 

  Cal Hammond came close to getting a chance to play in the NHL. He even fooled the Associated Press, who wrote an article about Hammond playing his first NHL game February 28, 1973. The article appeared in the Chicago Tribute but someone made an error. It seems as tough the sports reporter may have took the night off. Hammond himself confirmed that he just served as backup to Maniago for the game. 

  Hammond was released by the North Stars following the 1972/73 season. He returned to Flin Flon, Manitoba after hanging up his skates. 

Career stats from
Born Nov 25 1950 
Height 5.08 -- Weight 160
Drafted by Montreal Canadiens - round 4 #45 overall 1970 NHL Amateur Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1968-69Flin Flon BombersWCHL1901251012.715060.908
1969-70Flin Flon BombersWCHL0113
1970-71Flin Flon BombersWCHL501262687158043.5216330.912
1971-72Clinton CometsEHL3200135014.28200
1971-72Cleveland BaronsAHL100202006.00---
1972-73Saginaw GearsIHL400142383160004.0322460.933---
1973-74Thompson HawksCCHL000

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