Injuries have become a theme for Wacey Hamilton.
Over the past two seasons, he’s missed 84 games, including 53 season, most of which stemmed from a concussion he suffered in the preseason with the Canucks.
“You want to stay healthy and do everything you can to help the team,” Hamilton said. “It’s tough. Sometimes you feel like you’re left out of the loop a little bit and not apart of things.”
Hamilton made it his mission to return before the end of the regular season. He did just that in the Comets’ April 5th game against the Marlies.
“I was working hard and eager to get back into the lineup even though we’ve been mathematically eliminated,” he said. “It was important for me to go to battle with the guys for the remainder of the games.”
Hamilton admitted his time away from the ice changed his perspective.
“It kind of makes you realize that you can only play hockey for so long and that you’re going to have a life after hockey,” he said. “You have to be smart.”
Despite his injury history, Hamilton vows to continue displaying his trademark intensity as long as his body allows him too.
“When I’m healthy, I’m still going to compete as hard as I can every night and do things that I do to help the team win,” he said.
In 21 games this season, Hamilton has one goal and 10 assists.