Tomas Hamara

Born: 2004-03-09

Team: Tappara

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-11 / 170


Hamara was impressive for the Czech Republic, playing on the third pairing at even strength, in addition to having plenty of power play time. He was a smooth operator with the puck and carried it well from his own end several times. He has an excellent ability to create offense as he understands the game very well and he is not afraid to take charge either. He is also a very skilled passer and makes clean, accurate feeds to move the play forward. He looked comfortable with the puck at the offensive zone blueline. He showed good mobility and he could get back to his own end in time to break up plays and stop opposing rush attempts. The Tappara defenseman finished the game with one assist and his six shots were tied for the most by a Czech player.


Hamara appeared in all three games for Tappara and played on the first defensive pairing in the last two games. After a somewhat shaky start, he improved as the day went on and made many positive plays. He played with poise and moved away from pressure to evade forecheckers. He had lots of deception in his game. Very smooth and skilled with the puck, had soft hands for giving and receiving passes. Could stretch the ice with precise long passes. At times his defensive zone coverage could have been better, however, he was highly confident and played with his strengths, which I liked. He was the youngest player in the tournament, but that was not evident in his performance on the ice.


Hamara had an excellent game for Tappara U16. He is an offensive-minded, mobile defenseman with above-average puck skills and skating at this stage. He generated several zone entries and also facilitated the breakout with precise passes. He was very poised at the blueline, took many shots and quarterbacked Tappara’s power play. He was not afraid to activate from the point and try to make something happen – highly skilled and clever with the puck. Made a couple of great long-range diagonal passes. He was quick to read plays and defend in his own end. If anything, he could occasionally simplify his play with the puck and make less risky plays. I expect this to happen when Hamara gains more experience. There are not many other defensemen in this league who can have such a strong impact offensively.