BOSTON — With the TD Garden lights dimmed, smoke machines shooting and music blaring, Dougie Hamilton took the ice for the first time as an NHL player.
The 19-year-old Bruins defenseman skated out to a thunderous ovation from a sellout TD Garden crowd. Moments later, he would hop over the boards and make his NHL debut in Boston’s 3-1 win over the Rangers.
All in all, not a bad night for a kid.
“It’s a dream come true,” Hamilton said after his first game. “Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of that moment, and I’m just happy that it came true. All you can do is really enjoy it.”
It was a pretty solid debut for the No. 9 pick in the 2011 draft. Hamilton logged 13:40 of ice time on 19 shifts, with a good chunk of that time (4:25) coming on the power play. Perhaps just as importantly, Hamilton showed that he can be more than an offensive defenseman, getting his stick in the right place to break up a 2-on-1 chance in the third period in front of Tuukka Rask and the Boston net.