(Video) First NHL Goal: AHL journeyman Hamilton opens scoring against Islanders

By Ken McKenna
Ryan Hamilton - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton had scored 151 goals in 483 career AHL games before scoring his first NHL goal in his 15th NHL game (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)


Scoring a first NHL goal is no doubt a memorable event in any young hockey’s player’s career. But netting that milestone goal at the age of 29, after years of competing primarily at the AHL level, must be an extra special feeling. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton was that guy on Monday night as the journeyman winger scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

With the Oilers on a first period power play, Edmonton forward Derek Roy moved the puck into the Islanders zone before dishing a pass to his right to Iiro Pakarinen just inside the blueline. Pakarinen then fired a shot on Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak that Halak deflected out to a waiting Nail Yakupov.

Hamilton has appeared in just 15 NHL games over the course of his 10-year pro career. Most of that decade has been spent in the AHL, including stops in Houston, Toronto, and Oklahoma City.

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