Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Goalie Hunwick signs tender with IceDiggers

The Alpena IceDiggers have added a goaltender for 2006-2007 as Shawn Hunwick has signed a tender with the second-year team.

Hunwick spent last season playing Junior B hockey in Canada with the Petrolia (Ont.) Jets of the Western Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The 19-year-old Sterling Heights native was a member of the state champion Victory Honda midget major team during the 2004-2005 season and was drafted by now-defunct Bozeman last spring, but elected to play with Petrolia.

"We are very happy to have Shawn on board for next season," Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller said. "I have no doubt he will help us get this organization back to its winning ways. Shawn will give us a chance to win every night."

Last year with the Jets, Hunwick went 17-17-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage during the regular season. He then posted a 2-3 playoff mark with a 3.42 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage in five playoff games.

Matt Hunwick, Shawn's older brother and defenseman stalwart for Michigan, was recently named the Wolverines' captain for his upcoming senior season in Ann Arbor.

The younger Hunwick, all 5-feet-7-inches and 160 pounds of him, was among 25 goalies and 50 skaters at the annual Memorial Day weekend tryout in Toledo last weekend and left Miller impressed.

"Shawn was solid during the four-day camp," Miller said. "He was one of the best goalies during the goalie-only session and very solid during the scrimmage games before he injured himself."

Hunwick will be back at 100 percent before the main camp in Alpena the last week of July at the Northern Lights Arena.

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