Canada

Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out of restart

“Being my little kids’ dad everyday is the most important job I have.”

Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the organization accepted Hamonic’s reasoning.

“Earlier this evening Travis called me to inform us that he has decided to opt out of the NHL return to play program,” Treliving said in a statement. “Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate in the Stanley Cup qualifier and playoffs. While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision. Our focus remains on preparation for training camp and our upcoming series in the NHL qualifying round.”

Hamonic recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 50 games this season, his third with Calgary.

Overall, he has 37 goals and 151 assists (188 points) in 637 career NHL games. Hamonic spent his first seven seasons with the New York Islanders.

The Flames will face the Winning Jets in a five-game playoff series that begins Aug. 1 in Edmonton.

–Field Level Media

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