Back in 2015 the whole hockey world was celebrating Andrew Hammond, the Ottawa Senators surprise goaltender.At the beginning of the season pretty much no one had ever heard of the 27 year old, Bowling Green graduate and career minor league goalie. Now he is universally known by the McDonald's inspired nickname that adorns his mask - The Hamburglar.
Despite never being drafted and struggling through his minor league season Binghamton (AHL), Hammond found himself in the NHL thanks to injuries to Ottawa's top two NHL goalies, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. Hammond got the crease, and, against all odds, went on incredible streak. Hammond inexplicably finished the season with a 20-1-2 record with a 1.74 GAA and .941 save%. He never allowed the more than 2 goals in the first 12 games, matching the best start to NHL career (Frank Brimsek in 1938).
The most spectacular start to a career secured the Senators, long thought of as out of the race, a wild card playoff spot. Hammond did not win the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year because he was considered too old to be a rookie, but his amazing run secured a three year contract and a 7 year career in and out of the NHL, though he would only win 11 more games.