Shawn Hunwick
Shawn Hunwick 31.jpg
Born April 9 1987 (1987-04-09) (age 32),
Sterling Heights, MI, USA
5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
163 lb (74 kg; 11 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Pro clubs Columbus Blue Jackets
Iserlohn Roosters
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–2013

Shawn Hunwick (born April 9, 1987) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in one National Hockey League (NHL) game with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2011–12 season. He also played professionally in the ECHL, the European Trophy, and the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He is the younger brother of former Wolverines team captain Matt Hunwick, who is currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit


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.[1] After redshirting the 2008–09 season, Hunwick made his debut at the end of the 2009–10 season after starter Bryan Hogan was injured against Notre Dame. 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.[1] In 2011-12, he was named one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.[3]


Hunwick's professional career started only days after his college career came to an end.[4] On March 28, 2012, Hunwick was signed to an amateur try-out contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets after starting Goaltender Steve Mason was injured during practice.[5]

On March 29, 2012, in the context of season-ending injuries to two goaltenders in the Blue Jackets' system - Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford - and the continued questionable availability of Mason, Hunwick was signed to a one-year professional contract with the Blue Jackets running through the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.[6]

Hunwick made his NHL debut, coming on to replace Mason for the final 2:33, in a 7-3 home victory over the New York Islanders on April 7, 2012.[7][8]

In July 2012, Hunwick signed a try-out contract with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League.[9] Hunwick made his debut for the Red Bulls, replacing goalie Alex Auld in the third period of the second game of the European Trophy on August 19, 2012. Hunwick played for the entirety of the third period and allowed two goals.[10]

On August 31, 2012, EC Red Bull Salzburg terminated Hunwick's contract and he was released from the team after only playing in three games.[11]

In late September 2012, Hunwick was invited to the Providence Bruins' training camp.[12] On October 5, 2012, Hunwick was sent down to play for the Bruins' ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. On October 7, Hunwick started in his first game with the Stingrays, a preseason game against the Gwinnett Gladiators. The Stingrays defeated the Gladiators 5-2, and Hunwick got the win with 36 saves on 38 shots.[13] In 9 games Hunwick posted 4 wins before he was traded to the Utah Grizzlies on November 19, 2012.[14]

Hunwick played only 2 games with the Grizzlies before he was released to return to Europe in signing for the remainder of the 2012–13 season with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German DEL.[15]

Hunwick announced his retirement from professional hockey on August 26, 2013.[16]

Personal informationEdit

His elder brother, Matt, is a current professional ice hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
2006–07 Alpena IceDiggers NAHL 31 17 9 2 1708 87 1 3.06 .904
2007–08 University of Michigan CCHA 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.00 1.000
2009–10 University of Michigan CCHA 11 8 3 0 627 19 1 1.82 .918
2010–11 University of Michigan CCHA 35 22 9 4 2087 77 4 2.21 .925
2011–12 University of Michigan CCHA 40 24 12 3 2400 80 5 2.00 .932
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.00
2012–13 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 9 4 4 0 493 24 1 2.92 .918
2012–13 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 2 0 1 1 123 9 0 4.38 .830
2012–13 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 8 2 4 0 399 24 0 3.60 .897
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.00

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2010 [17]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2011 [18]
All-CCHA Second Team 2011–12 [19]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shawn Hunwick Bio. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on March 20, 2012.
  2. Miami (Ohio) outlasts Michigan in double OT, earns trip to Frozen Four. The Sporting News. AOL (March 29, 2010). Retrieved on March 21, 2012.
  3. Hobey Baker candidates announced. NCAA (March 15, 2012). Retrieved on March 20, 2012.
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign G Shawn Hunwick to Amateur Tryout Contract. Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-03-28). Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
  5. Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick will be in uniform against Red Wings Wednesday. (2012-03-28). Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets sign Shawn Hunwick to one-year contract. Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-03-29). Retrieved on 2012-03-29.
  7. Islanders vs. Blue Jackets. Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-04-07). Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  8. Hunwick Soaks it All In. Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-04-08). Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  9. Goalie Shawn Hunwick and defender Ian Saab bolster Red Bulls ranks. EC Red Bull Salzburg (2012-07-20). Retrieved on 2012-07-20.
  10. Bitter defeat in Luleå brings Red Bulls back down to earth (German). EC Red Bull Salzburg (2012-08-25). Retrieved on 2012-08-25.]
  11. Red Bulls separate from Shawn Hunwick (German). EC Red Bull Salzburg (2012-08-31). Retrieved on 2012-08-31.
  12. Michigan's Hunwick in camp with Providence Bruins. Providence Journal (2012-09-28). Retrieved on 2012-09-28.
  13. Stingrays down Gladiators behind Hunwick. South Carolina Stingrays (2012-10-07). Retrieved on 2012-10-08.
  14. November 19 transactions. ECHL (2012-11-19). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
  15. Roosters commit to Shawn Hunwick (German). Iserlohn Roosters (2012-12-12). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  16. Shawn Hunwick (2013-08-26). Hunwick retirement. Twitter. Retrieved on 2013-08-26.
  17. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  18. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", Retrieved on 2013-06-19. 
  19. "All-CCHA Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-27. 

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Pearce
CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
Andy Miele
Preceded by
Cody Reichard
CCHA Best Goaltender
Succeeded by
Connor Knapp

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