Jacksonville Sports Day

CHRISTIE: Hunt Brings Leadership and Toughness to IceMen

Garet Hunt (24)

The Jacksonville IceMen  introduced the first player to sign with the new ECHL team, left winger, Garet Hunt.

“I’m thrilled to be coming to the IceMen,” said the 29 year old, born October 14 – the same date as the IceMen opener, ECHL veteran Hunt. “I’ve played out west for the last seven seasons against teams coached by Jason Christie. We’ve always shared a mutual respect and I’m excited to now be part of his team. He shared with me the great response that the Jacksonville community has shown to having pro hockey back in town. I look forward to joining the Jacksonville community.”

A native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, the 5’9” forward and former captain of the ECHL Alaska Aces and Stockton Thunder is a fan favorite due to his rugged style of play.

In 565 ECHL games, he has accumulated 79 goals, 45 assists (124 points) and 2,177 penalty minutes (PIM). He began his pro career in 2008-09 with the ECHL Stockton Thunder. He has seen action with Springfield and Worcester in the American Hockey League.

“Wait until IceMen fans see Garet play,” said Christie. “He puts it all out there every night, not afraid of anyone in the League. His aggressive play will create opportunities for us. I’ve coached against him for six years and can tell you I’ll sleep better knowing we are on the same side. He is a leader on the ice, in the locker room and in the community. IceMen fans will love him.”

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