OKC Barons Recall C Eric Hunter

Wednesday, 11.28.12 / 11:46 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

First year Thunder forward heads to AHL affiliate with 12 points in 16 games

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, announced the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League have recalled center Eric Hunter from the Thunder.

Oklahoma City is the AHL affiliate of the Thunder and Oilers.

Hunter, 26, has earned 12 points in 16 games with the Thunder this season and leads the team with a +11 rating. He has 78 games of AHL experience with the Lake Erie Monsters, scoring 16 points while totaling 36 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1 and 194 pound forward was twice selected in the NHL Entry Draft, beginning with the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round (229th overall) in 2004 and with the New York Rangers in the sixth round (174th overall) in 2006.

Hunter was originally signed by the Thunder as a free agent on Aug. 30, 2012 and signed an AHL contract with Oklahoma City on Nov. 6.

The Thunder returns to play tonight at 7:00 p.m. (1280 KWSX/StocktonThunder.com) against the Alaska Aces at Stockton Arena.

A two time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” the Thunder led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season in 2011-12. Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Mini-Plans for 2012-13 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.StocktonThunder.com.