STOCKTON, CALIF. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced today the team has agreed to terms with center Eric Hunter and defenseman Cameron Brodie.
Hunter, 26, comes to Stockton after closing his first full professional season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. He suited up 75 games with the Monsters and earned 16 points (6g-10a).
Formerly skating with the University of Alberta Golden Bears (CIS), his connections to Edmonton at the NHL level include a spot in Oilers training camp in 2005 and preseason action against the Oilers as a member of the Golden Bears.
Hunter was twice selected in the NHL Entry Draft, beginning with the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round (229th overall) in 2004 and with the New York Rangers in the sixth round (174th overall) in 2006. Prior to his pro debut in Lake Erie, he wrapped up his college career with the Golden Bears as team captain in 2010-11 and earned the Dr. Randy Gregg Award for athletic ability, academics and citizenship.
The 6-foot-1 and 194 pound forward was selected as Canada West Freshman of the Year and helped guide Alberta to the CIS University Cup championship in 2007-08. He achieved career highs in assists (20), points (31) and tied another in goals (11) in the 2009-10 season.
Brodie is the eighth player to return from last season’s team that advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Last season, the 24-year old earned his first call-up to the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars, skating in three games on a professional tryout agreement. He also suited up in 52 games with the Thunder, collecting seven assists and 68 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1 and 210 pound defenseman has appeared in 112 career games with the Thunder since 2010-11 and notched 19 points (2g-17a) and 119 penalty minutes. He made his Kelly Cup Playoff debut last season and appeared in eight games while posting an assist. Brodie also collected a career high +7 rating, 12 points and 60 games played in his 2010-11 rookie season.
Brodie began his pro career skating for the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 Vancouver Canucks YoungStars Tournament. He skated with Surrey, Langley, Trail, Burnaby, Vernon and Merritt of the British Columbia Hockey League for five seasons and capped off his amateur career with three points in 12 games with the University of British Columbia (CIS).