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Hunt named Father and Sons Men's Hockey Player of the Month

Wednesday December 14, 2016
Hunt in front of the net with the puck.
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Marc Bourget

uOttawa men’s hockey named goaltender Graham Hunt the Father and Sons Player of the Month earlier this week.

Hunt played an integral role in the Gee-Gees’ November turnaround, raising his save-% from .889 in early November to .909 entering Christmas break.

“He’s brought consistency,” said head coach Patrick Grandmaitre of Hunt, who won four of six starts in November and posted a 2.24 goals-against average. “His calm demeanour and poise brushes off well on our defence — he’s been consistent and stable, which is what you want in a goalie.”

As one of the few Americans in the league, Hunt has excelled on- and off-ice in his collegiate debut.

“For me, the more I’m in the net, the more comfortable I am,” said the former Corpus Christi Ice Ray. “It took a couple games to adjust to the speed and size of this league, but it’s been going well.”

The freshman out of Concord, Mass. logged some serious bus miles the past few seasons as a member of junior-A teams in Manitoba (Swan Valley, MJHL) and Texas (Corpus Christi, NAHL), and has made a relatively seamless transition to life as a student-athlete in Canada.

“It’s gone pretty well, time-management wise it’s gone smoothly,” said Hunt, a social-sciences major who’s posted a sharp .920 save-% in six November starts. “We’ve got good support from (team manager) Liam (Houlahan), (student-athlete services officer) Danika (Smith), and the coaching staff.”

“He’s adjusted well,” said Coach Grandmaitre. “He’s soft-spoken and easy to get along with, he’s adapted well, and he seems to be fitting in quite well in our nation’s capital.”