Ottawa’s Hammond scores free hamburgers for life

Sean Reynolds reports from Winnipeg where teammates comment on the performance of Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond and takes an in depth look at other back up goaltenders in the spotlight.

Jumping aboard the phenomenon that is the Ottawa Senators’ Andrew Hammond, McDonald’s has gifted the undrafted goaltender with a little something most 12-year-olds would kill for.

A special card that gives Hammond free McDonald’s for the rest of his life.

Nicknamed “The Hamburglar,” the 27-year-old Hammond picked up a hamburger tossed on the ice after Sunday’s shootout victory but didn’t eat it because it was cold. Understandable.

Inspired by Hammond’s 10-0-1 start, John Bergeron, a big Senators fan and owner of six McDonald’s franchises in the Ottawa Valley, called the fast-food giant’s VP of marketing in Toronto with an idea for a hamburger giveaway.

The head office suggested the lifetime meal card, according to the Ottawa Sun.

Fun side note: Bergeron's son, Chris Bergeron, coached Hammond for three seasons at Bowling Green.

When the Sun asked Hammond if the card could impact his weight come training camp, the goalie laughed.

"I don't know. I'm thinking they have that new light menu, with all the salad and stuff," Hammond said. "At least I know I'll never end up starving. If hockey doesn't work out, I have a meal plan."

Still clinging to their playoff hopes, the Senators host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Hammond is expected to start, and ground beef sandwiches are expected to be launched onto the Canadian Tire Centre ice if he wins.

In a related story, Phil Kessel is still awaiting word on that lifetime hot dog endorsement.