Glens Falls, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced today that they have signed forward Gunnar Hughes.
Hughes joins the Thunder for his first professional season after a four-year career at St. Lawrence University in the ECAC. The Highland Park, Ill. native amassed 73 points (28g-45a) over 143 career games at St. Lawrence, including a career best 23 points in his sophomore season. The 22-year-old also posted 22 points (12g-10a) during his senior season in 2014-15, where his 12 goals led the team en route to an appearance in the ECAC Semifinals. He also collected five special-teams goals, three on the power play and two shorthanded, and finished second in the ECAC with three shorthanded points. Hughes was also team captain during his senior season after he was an assistant captain as a junior and was given the Jinx Doyle award in 2015 for leadership and outstanding contributions to the program.
Hughes joined the St. Lawrence program after a season in the USHL with the Waterloo Blackhawks, where he collected 26 points (15g-11a) in 57 games. He also comes from an esteemed hockey family, which includes his brother George, with whom he skated two seasons at St. Lawrence and sister Aleca, who was a team captain at Yale University. Hughes’ father, George, and mother, Allison, both played college hockey at Harvard University and Boston University respectively. Gunnar’s uncle, Jack Hughes, also skated at Harvard and was a member of the preliminary roster of the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team.