BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton has announced the National Hockey League club has agreed to terms with defenseman Brad Hunt on a two-year, one-way contract extension keeping the former Bemidji State University blueliner in a Wild sweater through the 2020-21 season.
Hunt recorded 12 points (5-7=12) and eight penalty minutes in 42 games with the Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild during the 2018-19 season. He set career highs in goals (5), power-play goals (4), game-winning goals (1) and recorded eight (4-4=8) of his 12 points on the power play. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native, tallied five points (3-2=5) including three power-play goals in 29 games with the Wild after being acquired from the Golden Knights Jan. 21, 2019.
Hunt as accumulated 39 points (10-29=39), including 23 power play points (8-15=23) in 128 career NHL contests over six seasons with Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville, Vegas and Minnesota.
In 150 collegiate games played, Hunt totaled 24 goals and 88 assists for 112 points. He left the BSU hockey program as its top-scoring defenseman of all time, while he held BSU’s NCAA Division I-era mark (since 1999-2000) for assists.
Seeing time on both BSU special teams units, Hunt set a BSU Division I-era mark for career power-play goals by a defenseman (16) and was a key contributor to a Beaver penalty-kill that consistently ranked among the leagues’ stingiest.
He was a two-time All-College Hockey America pick and won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009.
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 was a two-time Academic All-WCHA selection, a WCHA Scholar Athlete and was an Academic All-CHA pick in 2010.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).