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Mark Hamway

Mark Hamway, an undersized winger out of Detroit, Michigan, was one of several youngsters that the New York Islanders tried infusing into the line up in the days following their Stanley Cup dynasty. Like many of the other prospects, Hamway never made much of an impact.

The Isles drafted Hamway way back in 1980, but allowed him to pursue his academic pursuits. Hamway starred at Michigan State while earning a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management. He served as team captain and his community service efforts earned him a major university award.

Hamway, a speedy forward, had hoped to play in 1984 Olympics with Team USA, but he was one of the final cuts. He turned pro and apprenticed in the minor leagues for a couple of season, finally earning a regular spot with the Isles. In 49 games he contributed 5 goals and 17 points.

Outside of 4 more games in 2 different seasons (picking up one more assist), that was the extent of Hamway's NHL career. He continued to play in the AHL until 1987.

Critics suggest Hamway was too small and slight for the NHL. While he had good speed, he never utilized it well enough by driving defensemen deep off the blue line to open up the offensive zone for his teammates. Too often once he gained the blue line his feet stopped moving.

Hamway returned home to Detroit after retiring and became a youth hockey coach. He also became involved with the Detroit Red Wings alumni association, even though he was never part of the organization.

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