Two-time world champion Mike Hammond has died. The England international died on Wednesday night in a traffic accident aged just 33. This was confirmed by the Nottingham Panthers club, where the Briton played last season. Hammond also dabbled in overseas hockey during his career, playing nine years in lower leagues.
Mike Hammond joined Nottingham Panthers before last season. In 51 games, he scored 13 goals and added 25 assists. But he won’t add another. “We at Nottingham Panthers are devastated to learn that Mike Hammond, who played for us last season, has died in a car accident. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates. Rest in peace Hammy. You will never be forgotten,” read a statement on social networks. The accident should have happened according to Daily Mail in Canada.
The Team GB Ice Hockey account also expressed regret. “British Hockey and IHUK are devastated by the news that striker Mike Hammond has passed away. Hammond died last night in a car accident in Canada. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates. Rest in peace Hammy. We will never forget you.“
🖤 Nottingham Panthers are devastated to learn that Mike Hammond, who played for the club last season, has died in a car accident. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates. Rest in peace Hammy – you will never be forgotten.
– The Nottingham Panthers (@PanthersIHC) July 20, 2023
Hammond has also been successful at the World Cup outside of club level. In 2019, he played seven matches in which he scored four goals. Two years later, in the same number of games, he scored twice and assisted on two more goals.
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