Shawn Hunwick

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Shawn Hunwick
Shawn Hunwick 31.jpg
Hunwick with the Michigan Wolverines
Born (1987-04-09) April 9, 1987 (age 27)
Sterling Heights, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg; 11 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Columbus Blue Jackets
EC Red Bull Salzburg
South Carolina Stingrays
Utah Grizzlies
Iserlohn Roosters
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–2013

Shawn Hunwick (born April 9, 1987) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in one National Hockey League (NHL) game with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2011–12 season. He also played professionally in the ECHL, the Austrian Hockey League, and the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He is the younger brother of former Wolverines team captain Matt Hunwick, who is currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

College career[edit]

Hunwick played for the Michigan Wolverines in the CCHA. Hunwick joined the team as a walk-on in 2007–08 and saw little playing time.[1] After redshirting the 2008–09 season, Hunwick made his debut at the end of the 2009–10 season after starter Bryan Hogan was injured against Notre Dame. Hunwick led his team to a CCHA tournament title, where he won tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He then led the Wolverines into the NCAA tournament for Michigan's 20th consecutive appearance, where Michigan lost to Miami.[2] During the next season, he led the team to the NCAA title game, where they lost 3–2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth.[1] In 2011-12, he was named one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Hunwick's professional career started only days after his college career came to an end.[4] On March 28, 2012, Hunwick was signed to an amateur try-out contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets after starting Goaltender Steve Mason was injured during practice.[5]

On March 29, 2012, in the context of season-ending injuries to two goaltenders in the Blue Jackets' system - Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford - and the continued questionable availability of Mason, Hunwick was signed to a one-year professional contract with the Blue Jackets running through the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.[6]

Hunwick made his NHL debut, coming on to replace Mason for the final 2:33, in a 7-3 home victory over the New York Islanders on April 7, 2012.[7]

In July 2012, Hunwick signed with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League.[8] Hunwick made his debut for the Red Bulls, replacing goalie Alex Auld in the third period of the second game of the European Trophy on August 19, 2012. Hunwick played for the entirety of the third period and allowed two goals.[9]

On August 31, 2012, EC Red Bull Salzburg terminated Hunwick's contract and he was released from the team after only playing in three games.[10]

In late September 2012, Hunwick was invited to the Providence Bruins' training camp.[11] On October 5, 2012, Hunwick was sent down to play for the Bruins' ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. On October 7, Hunwick started in his first game with the Stingrays, a preseason game against the Gwinnett Gladiators. The Stingrays defeated the Gladiators 5-2, and Hunwick got the win with 36 saves on 38 shots.[12] After goaltender Adam Morrison earned his first loss in the second game of the season vs. the Greenville Road Warriors on October 19, Hunwick got the nod to start the next night against the Ontario Reign. Hunwick earned his first regular season win on October 20, stopping 37 of the Reign's 38 shots.[13] Hunwick earned his first loss in his third start on October 25, vs. the Orlando Solar Bears, giving up 5 goals on 40 shots.[14] A little over a week later, Hunwick got his revenge, shutting out the Solar Bears to win 3-0 and improve to a 3-1-0 record.[15]

Hunwick announced his retirement on August 26, 2013.[16]

Personal information[edit]

His elder brother, Matt, is a current professional ice hockey player for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA G A SV%
2011–2012 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 2:33 0 0 0.00 0 0 .000
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 2:33 0 0 0.00 0 0 .000

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 2011-12

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Pearce
CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
Andy Miele
Preceded by
Cody Reichard
CCHA Best Goaltender
Succeeded by
Connor Knapp