When Dougie Hamilton arrived to Logan Airport for Training Camp on January 12, the 6-foot-5, blonde-haired 19-year-old - wide-eyed and grinning - had never played an NHL game.
He had never been on an NHL roster, never suited up in the spoked-B, never sat elbow-to-elbow in a stall next to an NHL veteran defenseman and Stanley Cup Captain that had been in the league since he was four years old. He had never walked out through the tunnel to the roar of 17,565 fans cheering, holding their breaths as they have countless times before in earnest of their revered hometown team hitting the ice. And he had certainly never heard the Boston faithful chanting “Doug-ie, Doug-ie” from the rafters.
A lot can change in two weeks.
Click here to read the full feature on Dougie Hamilton, following his first multi-point NHL game and First Star status Friday in the B’s 4-2 win over the NY Islanders.