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NHL goalie nicknamed ‘The Hamburglar’ receives free McDonald’s for life


Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond has been given the nickname “The Hamburglar,” mostly because his mask features Alfred E. Neuman dressed up as the infamous burger pilferer. The moniker has since then took off due to his stellar play between the pipes this season, going to 10-0-1 record in 12 appearances while sporting a sparkling 1.39 GAA.

In light of his great nickname and even better play, Hammond has received a card from an Ottawa McDonald’s franchise owner that owns six locations that gives him free McDonald’s for life.

John Bergeron, the franchisee behind the gastronomically generous gesture is the father of Chris Bergeron, who coached Hammond at Bowling Green for three seasons. The elder Bergeron was so appreciative of the publicity afforded by “The Hamburglar” nickname that he suggested a hamburger giveaway at Canadian Tire Centre. It was ultimately decided that Hammond should receive free McDonald’s for life.

Hammond is immensely appreciative of both the nickname and the free fast food he will receive as a result.

“You don’t expect this kind of persona to develop while you’re here playing, but it’s all in good fun so I’m all for it,” he said, via the Ottawa Sun. “I’m taking it as a sign of respect, so it’s obviously pretty cool to get that out of the fans.”

A fan inspired by the nickname threw a burger on the ice after Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout win on Sunday over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Hammond did pick it up but didn’t take a bite, saying it was “cold.”

But will he overdo it? Given that he’s 27 years old and has made only 13 NHL appearances, Hammond would be wise to exercise some restraint and discipline.

“I don’t know, I’m thinking they have that new light menu, with all the salad and stuff,” he said. “I guess at the end of the day at least I know I’ll never end up starving. If hockey doesn’t work out, I have a meal plan.”

Not a bad gig if you can get it. And hey, it could be worse: Hammond could have been nicknamed Grimace. “The Hamburglar” is much more flattering.

[H/T Puck Daddy, photo credit: Ottawa Senators]