|Normand "Biff" Hamel|
| Normand Hamel, called "Biff" by criminal associates, was born in 1956. He hooked up with the Montreal based SS motorcycle gang in the 1970s and remained a member, along with Maurice "Mom" Boucher and Salvatore Cazzetta, until the group's dissolve in 1984.
He became a prospect for the Hells Angels Laval-based North chapter. But the North chapter was targeted for death by the rest of the Quebec Angels and Hamel was present at the March 24, 1985 execution of 5 North chapter members in Lennoxville. Members hold Hamel and prospect Claude "Coco" Roy at gunpoint as their comrades are slaughtered inside.
"Biff" Hamel received his colors - as did Maurice Boucher - days after Death Riders president Martin Huneault was shot to death in a Laval bar on May 4, 1987. It is strongly believed by law enforcement t hat Hamel and Boucher were behind the Huneault murder and that their reward for it all was their colors.
Hamel would eventually become godfather of the Death Riders gang, nearly ten years after his induction into the club. He was given the position after Hells Angel Scott Steinert's brutal murder on November 4, 1997. He now supervised the gang's narcotics and prostitution networks in Laval and the lower Laurentians.
His power and influence in the organization continued to grow and, on June 24, 1995, Hamel became one of the nine founding members of the gang's elite Nomads chapter. He was considered by many to be the right-hand man of Maurice "Mom" Boucher, leader of the Nomads.
On April 17, 2000, "Biff" Hamel drove his wife and son to a pediatrician's office on St. Martin Boulevard in Laval. As he left the buildiong, two armed men chased him through the parking lot and shot him several times. He was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital. Hamel had ignored months of police warning that the Rock Machine had targeted members of the Nomads chapter. He was 44 years old.