Eric Hunter

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Eric Hunter
Eric Hunter 2014-03-16.jpg
Born (1986-08-11) August 11, 1986 (age 28)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
EC VSV
Lake Erie Monsters
Oklahoma City Barons
Herning Blue Fox
NHL Draft 229th overall, 2004
Chicago Blackhawks
174th overall, 2006
New York Rangers
Playing career 2011–present

Eric Hunter (born August 11, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the EC VSV of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Hunter holds the distinction of having been twice drafted in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 8th round (229th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but was not signed. He re-entered the draft two years later, and was selected by the New York Rangers in the 6th round (174th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Hunter played major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Prince George Cougars. Prior to being drafted by the Rangers Hunter attended the Edmonton Oilers training camp in 2005. He then attended the University of Alberta where he played four seasons of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey, where in his first year he was named the CIS (West) Rookie of the year, and in his last he was named the CIS Outstanding student-athlete and was awarded the Dr. Randy Gregg Award.

Professional[edit]

Following his graduation from the University of Alberta, Hunter began his professional career at the end of the 2010–11 season when he suited up for three AHL games with the Lake Erie Monsters.[1] Hunter remained with the Monsters and signed to a one-year contract for the 2011–12 season. Whilst primarily used in a checking line role, he played in a career high 75 games for 16 points.

On August 30, 2012, Hunter signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.[2] In 60 games with the Thunder, Hunter led the team into the playoffs with 17 goals and 39 points. He was loaned to AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons for 11 games.

On October 12, 2013, Hunter opted to leave the ECHL, and signed his first European contract with Danish club, Herning Blue Fox.[3] Hunter scored 13 points in just 15 games before choosing to leave the Denmark for fellow European league, the EBEL with Villacher SV on January 14, 2014. In helping VSV to the playoffs, Hunter was re-signed to a one-year contract extension on March 31, 2014.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Prince George Cougars WHL 66 16 18 34 70 5 1 0 1 6
2003–04 Prince George Cougars WHL 70 19 23 42 122
2004–05 Prince George Cougars WHL 47 12 18 30 57
2005–06 Prince George Cougars WHL 71 40 32 72 125 5 3 1 4 10
2006–07 Prince George Cougars WHL 69 24 31 55 109 6 2 2 4 6
2007–08 University of Alberta CIS 24 11 15 26 16
2008–09 University of Alberta CIS 28 8 10 18 37
2009–10 University of Alberta CIS 28 11 20 31 23
2010–11 University of Alberta CIS 25 10 13 23 37
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 75 6 10 16 36
2012–13 Stockton Thunder ECHL 60 17 22 39 51 22 5 7 12 12
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 11 1 0 1 6
2013–14 Herning Blue Fox DEN 15 7 6 13 6
2013–14 EC VSV EBEL 10 3 6 9 8 9 5 4 9 8
AHL totals 89 7 10 17 42

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
CIS (West) Rookie of the Year 2007–08 [5]
Dr. Randy Gregg Award - CIS Outstanding Student-Athlete 2010–11 [6]

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