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Moose Welcome Canadian World Junior Star Travis Hamonic On 'Go Canada Night'

January 14, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

On a night recognizing Canada's proud hockey history, the Manitoba Moose are pleased to welcome defenceman Travis Hamonic of Canada's 2010 World Junior hockey team on Saturday, January 16th when the Moose face the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 p.m. at MTS Centre.

Hamonic, a native of St. Malo, MB, was one of Canada's top defenceman in the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships. He scored three points in five tournament games and was relied upon heavily by Team Canada until sustaining an injury in the semifinal game against Switzerland, forcing him to miss the gold medal clash with the United States on January 5th.

Hamonic will be taking part in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the start of the Moose-Admirals game. Along with Hamonic, Manitoba-born Olympian Michelle Sawatzky, who competed in women's volleyball in the 1996 Summer Olympics, will also be showing her national pride on "Go Canada Night" as she sings both anthems to kick off the night.

The Moose are celebrating "Go Canada Night" by wearing a replica jersey of the 1961 Trail Smoke Eaters. The bright red sweaters, featuring a blue maple leaf and blue lettering on the front, will be auctioned off on the concourse throughout the game that night and will later be sold on eBay.

Hamonic is in his fourth Western Hockey League season and was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings, 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts, from the Moose Jaw Warriors at the WHL trade deadline on Sunday, January 10th. Before leaving for Team Canada's World Junior camp in December, Hamonic led all WHL defencemen in scoring with 39 points in 31 games. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round, 53rd overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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