Brad Hunt (ice hockey)

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Brad Hunt
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Hunt in 2014 with the Edmonton Oilers
Born (1988-08-24) August 24, 1988 (age 28)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Bradley Shawn Hunt (born August 24, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues after beginning his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Wolves, where he was an All-Star in the 2012–13 season. He is considered undersized for a defenceman, but has a hard slapshot.[1][2]

Prior to turning professional Hunt played college hockey with the Bemidji State Beavers. While there, he helped them to two NCAA tournaments, including a Cinderella run to the Frozen Four in 2009. He also earned multiple individual honours during his time at Bemidji State and left as the Beaver's all-time leader in defenceman scoring and defenceman power play goals. As a Junior ice hockey player Hunt was a member of the Burnaby Express team that won the 2006 Royal Bank Cup as Canadian junior A champions. He was twice named the team's Most Outstanding Defenceman.

Early life[edit]

Hunt was born on August 24, 1988 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia to Steve and Tricia Hunt.[3] He has a younger sister, Brittany.[4] As a child Steve, a former Senior AA goaltender, set up a deck for Brad to shoot pucks from in the family's backyard.[2][5] Growing up he was best friends with Victor Bartley, who also plays professional hockey.[4][6]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Hunt began playing in the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association at the atom level.[5] He began as a forward but in pee-wee he switched to defence to gain more playing time., He played two years of midget AAA then made the junior B Ridge Meadows Flames in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) as a sixteen-year-old.[7][8] In his first year with the Flames he was named the teams Rookie of the Year and played in the PJHL All-Star and Prospect Game.[3] During the season He was called up to the junior A Burnaby Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).[7] He played just three games for the Express and an additional two playoff games.[9] Though he was with the team when they won the 2006 Royal Bank Cup as Canadian junior A champions.[10] He stayed with the Express the following season and played in 60 games scoring 4 goals and 38 points and added another 8 points in 14 playoff games. For his efforts he was named the team's Most Outstanding Defenceman.[11] In the 2007–08 season, his final with the team, he increased his offensive production to 16 goals and 55 points and played in the BCHL All-Star Game.[9][12] He was again named the team's Most Outstanding Defenceman, while the Express Lost in Round 1 in 5 Games V.S. Victoria Grizzlies.[13]

Following his third season in junior Hunt attended Bemidji State University (BSU). While there he played with the Bemidji State Beavers, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. In his first season with the Beavers Hunt scored 9 goals and 32 points in 33 games.[9] BSU won the College Hockey America (CHA) tournament with Hunt being named to the CHA All-Tournament Team.[14] By winning the tournament Bemidji State earned an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Beavers entered the tournament as the lowest seeded team and matched up with Notre Dame. BSU upset the Fighting Irish and proceed to defeat Cornell University advancing to the Frozen Four. With the wins Bemidji State became the first number 16 seed to make the Frozen Four, and the first team to ever make the Frozen Four from outside college hockey's top four conferences.[15] Their Cinderella run ended with a 4–1 loss to Miami University.[16] Hunt was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team. At the end of the season he was also named to the, All-CHA Rookie Team, All-CHA First Team, and named CHA Rookie of the Year.[3]

In his second season hunt's goal production dipped slightly to 7, but he increased his assist total to 26.[9] His assist total was one shy of tying the school's Division I single season record held by Luke Erickson.[2] At the end of the season he was again named to the All-CHA First Team.[3] In the 2010 CHA Tournament the top ranked Beavers were upset by Niagara University in the first round and later tied Robert Morris University in the consolation game.[17] Though they failed to capture the automatic bid for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament BSU received an at-large bit thanks in part to a school record 22 consecutive weeks of being ranked in the top 15.[18] The Beavers lost in the first round of the tournament to the University of Michigan.[19]

For the 2010–11 season Bemidji State moved from the CHA to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).[20] Hunt's point production dropped in the new conference as he registered 3 goals and 21 points.[9] He stated that part of reason for the drop in production was teams recognizing his shooting ability and preventing him from getting shots off. While his individual numbers were lower he was the quarterback of one the conference's top power plays.[2] In the 2011 WCHA Tournament the Beavers advanced to the semifinals where they were defeated by the University of Denver.[21] In his senor season Hunt was named one of the team's alternate captains.[3] He increased his production in the WCHA scoring 5 goals and 26 points while reducing his penalty minutes (PIMs) to a career low 8.[9] In the 2012 WCHA Tournament Bemidji State lost in the first round to University of North Dakota.[22] By finishing his Bemidji State career with 112 points Hunt became just the sixth defenceman in school history to eclipse the 100 point mark and left as the beaver's all-time leader in defenceman scoring and defenceman power play goals with 16.[7][23][24]

Professional[edit]

Undrafted out of college Hunt signed an amateur tryout contract with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Chicago Wolves. Where his first head coach was Craig MacTavish.[25] He scored his first professional goal on March 29, 2012 in a game versus the Abbotsford Heat in front of 40 friends and family members. The goal tied the game midway through the third period. Chicago eventually won the game in a shootout.[26] He played 14 games for Chicago, registering one goal and five points. He remained with the Wolves for the Calder Cup playoffs playing in 5 games scoring 1 goal and 5 points as the Wolves lost in the first round to the San Antonio Rampage.[9][27] In the off-season the Wolves signed Hunt to a standard player contract.[24] In his first full professional season Hunt was named to the 2013 AHL All-Star Game, replacing the injured Brett Sterling as the Wolves representative. At the time of the announcement Hunt was Chicago's leading scorer among defenceman and fourth overall.[28] At the All-Star skills competition he participated in three events; Puck Control Relay, Hardest Shot, and Breakaway Relay. He finished third in the Hardest Shot competition recording a 99.5 miles per hour (mph) shot.[29] In the game Hunt scored a first period goal helping the Western Conference to a 7–6 victory.[30] He finished the season with 4 goals and 33 points as the Wolves missed the playoffs.[9][31]

In the off-season, Hunt signed a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers, for whom MacTavish had become the general manager.[1] He attended Oilers training camp and in his first preseason game, Hunt registered two assists against the Vancouver Canucks.[32] He failed to make the team out of camp and was assigned to the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.[33] Hunt played 29 games for the Barons, scoring 3 goals and 15 points, leading the Oklahoma City defence in scoring. After the Oilers suffered some injuries on the back-end, he was called up to Edmonton.[34][35] He made his NHL debut on January 3, 2013, in a game versus the Anaheim Ducks.[34] Hunt played 10:53 and finished as a –1 in the game.[36] He played in two more games before being reassigned to Oklahoma City.[37]

On July 2, 2016, Hunt effectively made a return to Chicago Wolves, in agreeing as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[38] In the 2016–17 season, Hunt exceeded with the Wolves, leading the league in scoring, as a defenceman, through 23 games. He was recalled by the Blues and despite making an immediate impact was later placed on waivers after 9 games on January 16, 2017. He was claimed the following day by the injury depleted Nashville Predators.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Burnaby Express BCHL 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Burnaby Express BCHL 60 4 34 38 65 14 2 6 8 16
2007–08 Burnaby Express BCHL 60 16 39 55 53
2008–09 Bemidji State University CHA 37 9 23 32 24
2009–10 Bemidji State University CHA 37 7 26 33 35
2010–11 Bemidji State University WCHA 38 3 18 21 33
2011–12 Bemidji State University WCHA 38 5 21 26 8
2011–12 Chicago Wolves AHL 14 1 4 5 8 5 1 3 4 0
2012–13 Chicago Wolves AHL 65 4 29 33 22
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 66 11 39 50 34 3 1 0 1 4
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 1 2 3 0
2014–15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 62 19 32 51 18 10 3 7 10 6
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 57 13 28 41 18
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 23 9 20 29 6
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 4 5 2
NHL totals 30 2 6 8 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Hunt with the Chicago Wolves in 2012
Award Season Ref
Junior
PJHL All-Star and Prospect Game participant 2004–05
Ridge Meadows Flames Rookie of the Year 2004–05
Royal Bank Cup Championship 2005–06 [10]
Burnaby Express Most Outstanding Defenceman 2006–07
2007–08
[11]
[13]
BCHL All-Star Game participant 2007–08 [12]
College
CHA Rookie of the Year 2008–09 [3]
All-CHA Rookie Team 2008–09 [3]
All-CHA First Team 2008–09
2009–10
[3]
CHA All-Tournament Team 2008–09 [14]
NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team 2008–09 [3]
American Hockey League
AHL All-Star Classic participant 2012–13
2014–15
2015–16
[28]
Second Team All-Star 2013–14 [40]
First Team All-Star 2014-15

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Read
CHA Rookie of the Year
2008-09
Succeeded by
Jordan George