Travis Hamonic is one of the many character guys in the Islanders locker room. That character was on display on Saturday when he quickly jumped in to defend teammate Frans Nielsen after a questionable hit by Steve Downie in the Isles 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

On the ice, Hamonic has become one of the best defenders in the NHL, but off the ice is?a world class person because of the experiences he has gone through in his life. At the age of 10 he?suffered one of the worst losses a kid can go through: the death of a parent.

The now 24-year-old Islander defenseman lost his father, Gerald, to a heart attack on the night of September 15, 2000.

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