Brad Hunt, then with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, paid a visit to Pitt Meadows last year to coach a hockey camp. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Hunt off to hot start with Wild

Maple Ridge product leads Minnesota in scoring

Maple Ridge’s Brad Hunt is off to a great start to this NHL campaign, and is leading the Minnesota Wild in scoring so far.

Hunt ripped a one-timer past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith on Tuesday night, and it send Twitter abuzz as Oilers fans lamented the backbreaking 3-0 goal by a guy who had spent three years in their organization.

Through nine games Hunt now has four goals and two assists to pace the wild in scoring. A smallish defenceman at 5’9”, Hunt’s heads-up offence and wicked one-timer has him playing a role on the power play, and he is playing a regular shift in the third defensive pairing with the Wild.

Hunt’s four goals is tied for second most among all NHL defencemen. Five is his season high.

He also had a great defensive play to preserve the Wild’s 3-0 shutout of the Oilers, as he thwarted a wraparound attempt into what would have been an empty net.

“He’s been great,” coach Bruce Boudreau told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “For a guy you picked up and were going to use as an extra, he’s done a great job on the power play, and he’s done a really good job on the right side.”

Hunt is a former Ridge Meadows Flame player who went on to the Burnaby Express of the BCHL, then had an impressive NCAA career at Bemidji State.

He has now played 129 NHL games, with 14 goals and 45 points.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pitt Meadows film premiere offers hope to people with learning disabilities

In Normal Isn’t Real four subjects who have learning disabilities and ADHD, share their success stories

Marching for those who’ve disappeared

Fifth annual event in Memorial Peace Park

Letter: Other cities have declared climate emergencies

Maple Ridge should do what’s right for our planet

Elementary students are hoping the city will recognize Real Acts of Caring week

Pitt Meadows students participate in Real Acts of Caring week

West Coast Express to resume after pipeline protests block rail tracks overnight

The demonstration was in support of Wet’suwet’en members who oppose Coastal GasLink

VIDEO: Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group to meet on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

B.C. man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citzensip, he was evacuated by the U.S.

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

Most Read