Heard this story on NPR and it’s pretty amazing. Andrew Hammond was called to the National Hockey League after injuries to existing players on the Ottawa Senators team. And what happened after his arrival is one for the record books.
The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League signed Hammond as a free agent goaltender to a two-year entry-level contract on March 20, 2013. He was assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators where he finished the 2012–13 AHL season with the team. Hammond attended the Senators’ training camp ahead of the 2013–14 NHL season, but was assigned to the Binghamton Senators on September 30, 2013. Hammond was recalled by the Ottawa Senators on February 26, 2014 to replace goaltender Craig Anderson who was with his wife for the birth of the couple’s second child. The next day, Hammond, who was backup to Robin Lehner, entered a game against the Detroit Red Wings at 5:05 of the second period after Lehner gave up six goals and was pulled. Hammond stopped all eleven shots he faced the remainder of the game.
Hammond attended Ottawa Senators training camp ahead of the 2014–15 NHL season, but on September 29, 2014, was again assigned to the Binghamton Senators. Hammond made his first career NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on February 18, 2015 after goaltender Robin Lehner was injured in Ottawa’s previous game. Hammond earned his first NHL victory, stopping 42 shots in a 4-2 victory and was named the game’s First Star. Two games later he recorded his first career NHL shutout as the Senators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-0, and the next day he recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Hammond’s four consecutive wins marked only the second time of the season that Ottawa won more than two games in a row. On March 2, 2015, Hammond was rewarded for his surprising success as the NHL named him the league’s First Star of the Week. After winning a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime on March 17 Hammond become the second goalie in league history to allow two goals or fewer in their first 12 starts, tied with Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank Brimsek‘s record set during the 1938–39 NHL season with the Boston Bruins.
From NHL.com: “Senators goalie Andrew Hammond earned the Hamburglar nickname in college and it stuck in the NHL thanks to the image of the masked McDonald’s character painted (with Alfred E. Newman’s face) on the side of his mask.”