Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Barons
signed forward Eric Hunter to an American Hockey League contract, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Hunter, 26, signed with the Stockton Thunder
of the ECHL during the summer, but attended training camp with the Barons in October. With Stockton, Hunter has six points (1-5-6) in nine games played. Last season, the 6-1, 194-pounder from Winnipeg, Manitoba played in 75 games with the Lake Erie Monsters
and scored 16 points (6-10-16).
Prior to turning pro, Hunter played four seasons at the University of Alberta. In 105 games with the Golden Bears, he scored 98 points (40-58-98). Before attending the University of Alberta, he played five seasons with the Prince George Cougars
of the Western Hockey League. He scored 233 points (111-122-233) in 323 games played with the Cougars. Hunter's 111 goals and 233 points are Cougars' franchise records in those categories.
He has the unique distinction of being drafted twice. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks
in the 8th round (229th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and in the 6th round (174th overall) by the New York Rangers
in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.