Friday, 26 November 2010

Hunter Easing Into Role (Model)

Rene Hunter is one of a handful of rookie defencemen cutting their teeth with the Brandon Wheat Kings this season.

The 17-year old Hunter has one goal, four points and a –4 rating in 20 games with Brandon this season after spending last year with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers.

“I think things are going okay, for me. I just have to keep working hard, and see how it goes from there,” says Hunter, who’s been a regular in the lineup for the past month, “Coming in, I was really nervous but it’s helped a lot and took that away.”

Hunter is one of three players on the Wheat Kings of aboriginal descent, and the product of the Ebb & Flow First Nation says he understands that he can be a role model to other aboriginal kids.

"I know a lot of young kids are looking up to me right now as I continue here,” says Hunter, “It feels pretty good.”

Hunter says he’s spoken with many children back home, and tries to stress to them the importance of working hard and doing the right thing.

Listed by the Wheat Kings during the 2008-2009 season while he was playing with the Parkland Rangers of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League, the 6-foot-0, 203 pound Hunter didn’t have to look very far for a role model when he was growing up.

His father, Rene Hunter Sr., played in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in the 1970’s and then spent many seasons starring for Senior Hockey teams through the province.

“I remember watching him,” says Hunter, “He used to take me all over the place to play hockey.”

In addition to his time in Portage last season, Hunter also played for Team Western at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Chaff…Brandon defenceman Darren Bestland is –11 during Brandon’s current five-game winless streak and his –18 rating overall this season is the second worst in the Western Hockey League…Wheat Kings’ captain Shayne Wiebe is –17 in 16 road games this season…18 of Brandon’s 28 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, with the Wheat Kings going 7-9-1-1 in those contests…F Scott Glennie enters Friday’s game four points shy of 250 for his WHL career. Glennie has 12 points (5 G, 7 A) in the last eight games…F Mark Stone recorded the 100th point of his WHL career on Wednesday in Swift Current. Stone has 42 goals and 58 assists points in 122 career games.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good facts Bruce.