The Oklahoma City Barons have recalled forward Eric Hunter from the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.
Hunter, 26, signed an AHL contract with the Barons on November 6, but has been playing with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. With Stockton, Hunter has 12 points (4-8-12) in 16 games played and has a team best +/- rating of +11. 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). Prior to 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.
Hunter will join the Barons in Houston in advance of their set of games this Thursday and Friday against the Aeros. The Barons have won five straight and have points in each of their last seven (6-0-1-0). Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. from the Toyota Center.