Barys Astana of the KHL have signed Canadian forward Zach Hamill, just days after getting released by the AHL’s Utica Comets.

Hamill spent the 2012-2013 season split between the Hershey Bears and the Milwaukee Admirals, recording 26 total points. Hamill has been in 20 NHL games in his career, tallying 4 assists and 4 PIM with the Bruins. The Vancouver native was selected eighth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins, and after signing with the Canucks during the most recent off-season, Hamill was hoping for a chance to suit up for the club he once idolized.

That wasn’t the case. Instead, Hamill had just three goals and nine points in 21 games with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, leading the NHL club to place him on unconditional waivers. Hamill, the WHL scoring champion with Everett in 2006-07, has yet to live up to his junior prowess that led him to being drafted high up, and in an interview with Jim Jamieson from the Providence, he admits that his career hasn’t worked out as he planned.

“In Boston, the timing just didn’t work out,” he said. “But you go from there and you learn. You just put your head down and keep working.”

Same goes for Vancouver, too.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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