Hunt makes NHL debut with Oilers
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Hunt makes NHL debut with Oilers
Courtesy: Debora Robinson

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Former Bemidji State men's hockey player, Brad Hunt, made his National Hockey League debut Friday. Called up from Edmonton's America Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Oil Barons, early Friday, Hunt pulled on an Oilers' number 59 sweater for a 5-2 loss at Anaheim.

Hunt saw 10:53 of ice time in the game, including 1:23 on the Oilers' final power-play of the evening. He finished with a -1 for the night.

Hunt, who patrolled the Beavers' blueline from 2008 to 2012, has spent the last season and a half playing in the AHL. This season he leads all Barons' defensemen with 15 points (3g-12a) in 29 games. Hunt has a +1 rating and 14 PIM.

Hunt told after the call up, “It’s an awesome, awesome feeling,” he said. “It’s my first time and you don’t really know what to expect when you get that call. It was really neat and I’m really excited.”

In a Bemidji State record 150 games played, the Ridge Meadows, B.C. native, accumulated 24 goals and 88 assists for 112 points. Signed to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement by the Chicago Wolves of the AHL March 14, 2012, he left the BSU hockey program as its top-scoring defenseman of all time, while he holds BSU’s NCAA Division I-era mark (since 1999-2000) for assists.

While at BSU, Hunt helped lead the Beavers to an overall record of 74-61-13, to a pair of CHA championships, two trips to the NCAA Tournament, which included a magical ride to the 2009 Frozen Four, and an upset of eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth in the 2011 WCHA/Red Baron Final Five. He was also a member the last BSU team to skate in the storied John S. Glas Fieldhouse and the first to make its home in Bemidji’s new Sanford Center as a member of the WCHA.  Equally as talented in the classroom, hunt is a two-time Academic All-WCHA selection, a WCHA Scholar Athlete and was an Academic All-CHA pick in 2010.

Hunt became the eighth former Beaver to skate in the NHL. He follows former teammate Matt Read (2007-11) as well as Matt Climie (2004-08), Jim McElmury (1967-71), Andrew Murray (2001-05), Joel Otto (1980-84), Dale Smedsmo (1969-72) and Gary Sargent (1972-73).