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Hunt named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Chicago Wolves defenseman Brad Hunt has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 4, 2016.

Hunt tallied three goals and three assists for six points, along with a plus-3 rating, in three games last week, climbing to the top of the AHL’s scoring leaderboard for the season.

Hunt began the week with his first of three consecutive two-point performances, scoring in the first period and then assisting on the game-winning tally late in the third as Chicago got past Texas on Wednesday, 4-3. On Friday night in Rockford, he picked up two more assists in a 4-1 win, and on Saturday, Hunt registered his first two-goal game since last December as the Wolves grabbed a 4-2 decision over Iowa.

An AHL All-Star Classic participant in three of his first four pro seasons (2013, 2015, 2016), Hunt is second in the AHL with 18 assists and tied for the league lead with 26 points in 22 games for Chicago this year, while also pacing all AHL defensemen in goals, assists and points. The native of Ridge Meadows, B.C., who was also a First Team AHL All-Star in 2014-15 and a Second Team selection in 2013-14, has totaled 56 goals and 150 assists for 206 points in 286 career AHL games with Chicago, Bakersfield and Oklahoma City, while adding one goal and two assists in 21 NHL appearances with Edmonton. Hunt signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on July 3, 2016.

In recognition of his achievement, Hunt will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Wolves home game.