Shawn Hunwick Signs With Columbus For Rest Of The Season

Posted: March 29, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Columbus Blue Jackets

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Shawn Hunwick from Michigan University signed a deal to stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets through the remainder of the 2012 season, after Steve Mason got hit in the head with a puck at Wednesday’s morning skate at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets will have Allen York start in place of Mason but had no other options for a backup. Former Wing Manny Legace is on an AHL-only contract with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ AHL affiliate.

Not all the news for Hunwick was good Wednesday. A top-10 candidate for the Hobey Baker Award, he was not among the top three finalists for the award, which will be handed out at next week’s Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

Hunwick played for the Michigan Wolverines in the CCHA. Hunwick joined the team as a walk-on in 2007–08 and saw little playing time. During the 08-09 season, Hunwick led his team to a CCHA tournament title, where he won tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He then led the Wolverines into the NCAA tournament for Michigan’s 20th consecutive appearance, where Michigan lost to Miami.[2] During the next season, he led the team to the NCAA title game, where they lost 3–2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth. In 2011-12, he was named one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

It was reported that due to season-ending injuries to two goaltenders in the Blue Jackets’ system – Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford – and the continued questionable availability of Mason, that Hunwick may be signed to a professional contract for the remainder of the 2011-2012 NHL season. It turned out true today.

 

 

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