Travis Hamonic never got a proper exit from the Islanders, but the fans made up for it in his homecoming Sunday night.
The former Islanders defenseman was traded to the Flames this past summer for draft picks, and Isles Country couldn't send him off in the way they wanted to. That is why his No. 3 jersey was seen all over Barclays Center last night as the Flames came to town.
Hamonic, who served as an alternate captain and spent seven years in the blue and orange, made an impact on head coach Doug Weight during his time in New York.
"He played every shift like it was going to be his last and he'd do anything to try to win," Weight told The Post's Greg Joyce. "Block shots, fight, I think he was a real good adapter...Definitely a big part of our team."
In honor of his time with the Isles, a video tribute was played during the first TV intermission of the first period for Hamonic, who received a thunderous ovation afterward. Hearing the crowd applaud and shout for him showed the 27-year-old what his time with the Islanders meant to the fans and the organization as a whole.
"The video was really touching," he said. "To get that ovation in warm-ups and during the video, and the respect the Islanders showed as well by all get up, it meant a lot."
Hamonic tallied 26 goals and 120 assists in his time with the Islanders, but it was his presence as a leader in the locker room that made him valuable. He also won the NHL's 2017 Foundation Award, which honors the player who helps "enrich the lives of people in his community."
Now with the Flames, he has notched eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 52 games this season.