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Trevor Hamilton Signs One-Year Contract With Detroit Red Wings’ AHL Affiliate

Penn State hockey defenseman Trevor Hamilton signed a one-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on Thursday afternoon.

Hamilton will join the Griffins — the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings — at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and will likely attend the Red Wings’ development camp in the summer.

“Playing professional hockey is something I have always dreamed about,” Hamilton said in a release. “These last two years at Penn State have been the best of my life, without my teammates, the coaching staff and the extended staff I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am forever grateful that Penn State gave me this opportunity.”

“Everything we hoped would be a possibility for Trevor happened during his two seasons in Hockey Valley,” head coach Guy Gadowsky said. “He became one of the best defensemen in program history in just two seasons and we are thrilled for him and his family on signing this contract and wish him the very best in the future.”

The Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, native will stay close to home to start his professional hockey career; his hometown is just over two hours away from Grand Rapids. The 2017-18 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year finishes his Penn State career with a program-record 216 blocked shots, 12 goals, and 43 assists. His 55 points rank third in program history for a defenseman. He led the nation in blocked shots during both of his seasons at Penn State.

Hamilton’s journey to signing his first professional contract was long and winding, as he played for five different teams before arriving in Hockey Valley ahead of the 2016-17 season. He joined the University of Miami (OH) after playing for the US National Development Program Team, but burned two of his four seasons of NCAA eligiblity. Two more years in the USHL saw him play for three different teams, but he finally found some stability in his two seasons at Penn State.

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