Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Hammond
Defenseman Ken Hammond grew up playing hockey in London, Ontario and skated for his hometown London Diamonds in OHA Junior B at the age of 17. In 1981-82, Hammond enrolled at RPI where he suited up for the Engineers' hockey team for four years. Among some of his teammates at RPI included; Adam Oates, Marty Dallman and Randy Koudys. Hammond improved on his offensive game in each of his four years at the school, culminating with a 39-point season in 38 games in his senior season.

After his sophomore year, Hammond caught the attention of NHL scouts, and he was selected in the eighth round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, 147th overall by the Los Angeles Kings. Upon graduating, Hammond joined the Kings' organization, playing most of his professional rookie season with the teams minor league AHL affiliate in New Haven. Although he was inserted into the lineup for several games to fill in for injuries over the next couple of years, it was not until the 1987-88 season that he got his first extended look in the NHL, suiting up for 46 games with the Kings.

The Edmonton Oilers claimed Hammond at the 1988 Waiver Draft, but within a month was placed on waivers again, this time being picked up by the New York Rangers where he lasted just three games, two less than his tenure with the Oilers. Hammond then moved on to his third NHL team of the 1989-90 season when the Toronto Maple Leafs grabbed him, but after just 14 games he was let go.

Hammond also made brief NHL stops with Boston, San Jose, Vancouver and Ottawa but was never able to truly latch on with any of the clubs and earn a bonafide roster spot. He continued to play for several more seasons in the minors, but opted to retire after the 1995-96 season as a member of the Kansas City Blades of the IHL.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 London Diamonds ON-Jr.B 40 12 16 28 89 4 1 1 2 0
1981-82 RPI Engineers ECAC 24 2 3 5 54
1982-83 RPI Engineers ECAC 28 17 26 43 8
1983-84 RPI Engineers ECAC 34 5 11 16 72
1984-85 RPI Engineers ECAC 38 11 28 39 90
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 1 0 1 0 +2 3 0 0 0 4
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 0 1 1 2 -1
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 67 4 12 16 96 4 0 0 0 7
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 0 2 2 11 +2
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 66 1 15 16 76 6 0 1 1 21
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 7 9 16 69 -1 2 0 0 0 4
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 26 3 8 11 27
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 1 1 8 -2
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -3
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 38 5 18 23 24
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 0 2 2 12 -13
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 75 9 45 54 106
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 1 2 +2 8 0 0 0 10
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 80 10 41 51 159 2 0 1 1 16
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 5 10 15 82 -17
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 4 4 8 104 -42
1992-93 New Haven Senators AHL 4 0 1 1 4
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 65 12 45 57 100
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 76 3 24 27 151 21 1 4 5 45
1995-96 Kansas City Blades IHL 33 1 7 8 62
NHL Totals 193 18 29 47 290 15 0 0 0 24


ECAC First All-Star Team (1985)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1985)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1985)
Claimed by Edmonton from Los Angeles in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Edmonton, November 1, 1988. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Chris McRae, February 21, 1989. Traded to Boston by Toronto for cash, August 20, 1990. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 9, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by San Jose for Vancouver's 8th round pick (later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected C.J. Denomme) in 1992 NHL Draft, March 9, 1992. Claimed by Ottawa from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992.
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