As the seventh defenceman, Hamhuis didn’t play a single shift in the semi-finals against the United States nor did he play in the gold medal game against Sweden. That is until head coach Mike Babock tapped him on the shoulder with 1:04 to go.
After Ryan Getzlaf shot the puck into the Swedish bench leading to a faceoff at centre ice, Hamhuis hopped onto the ice with Shea Weber. The pair along with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Marleau, and Jeff Carter successfully preserved the 3-0 lead and shutout for Price.
Such a classy move by Babcock to allow Hamhuis to feel more part of the win.
Nobody was expecting Hamhuis to play nor would anybody have blamed him if he kept Hamhuis on the bench with the team preserving a shutout for Price.
After all, He hadn’t played the entire game and probably lost his legs from sitting on the bench for over two hours.
Dan Hamhuis has never been this happy before in his life. pic.twitter.com/nRy8fpo5UJ
— Pass it to Zamuner (@passittobulis) February 23, 2014