WILMINGTON — Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban will be connected by their shared status as top picks of the Bruins. Think of them as the Tyler Seguin  and Joe Colborne — two high-profile players taking part in 2010’s development camp — of this year. Unlike Seguin and Colborne, Hamilton and Subban’s connection goes a lot farther back.
Though they’ve only been the same organization for less than a week, Hamilton and Subban have shared the same ice since they were kids. As young players growing up in Ontario, the two often played against each other — both as defensemen, as Subban didn’t start playing goalie until he was 12. Since then, they’ve been OHL opponents, with Hamilton being a star player for the Niagara IceDogs and Subban between the pipes for the Belleville Bulls.
“I grew up always playing against him,” Hamilton said Thursday of Subban. “We were always in the same league, and we were talking [Wednesday] about the days when we were both defensemen. I still remember, we were both rushing defensemen, and in those games it was me and him.
“He probably could be here as a defenseman too, but he’s obviously a pretty good goalie, so it’s definitely fun to have him here.”
Given that both players have older brothers — Freddie Hamilton (Sharks) and P.K. Subban (Canadiens) — their parents even became friends from “always seeing each other at the rink,” according to Hamilton.
On the ice Thursday, Hamilton and Subban could be seen chatting from time to time, including during stretches in a photo-opportunistic scene in which the Bruins’ last two first-round picks grinned as they conversed.
For as long as they’ve known each other, Hamilton has known Subban’s talent, regardless of which position earned him his status as a first-round pick.
“As a D, he was pretty fast,” Hamilton said of the now netminding Subban. “He could skate and pretty much do everything. As a goalie, I haven’t seen him too much, but I know he’s pretty athletic and can make pretty spectacular saves and the easy ones as well. I’m excited to be here with him.”