Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Hunter
The youngest of four brothers, Mark Hunter was often considered to have been the most talented sibling when it came to playing hockey. Hunter attributes his success as a youngster to playing with his older brothers, who always played hard, so young Mark had to be good just to keep up. Born in Petrolia, like his brothers, Hunter came up through the minor ranks being touted as one of the top teenage players in Ontario. His father, Dick Hunter, coached all four brothers until they reached Junior B. At 16, he was chosen first overall in the OHA draft by the Brantford Alexanders after posting an excellent season in Junior B with Petrolia.

Hunter played two years in Brantford before being selected in the first round, 7th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. In his draft year, Hunter had scored 39 goals and 79 points in just 53 games with the Alexanders.

In 1981-82, he made the Montreal Canadiens and played 71 games in his rookie year, scoring 18 times while contributing 29 points. Hunter also showed he did not mind the rough stuff in the big league, sitting out with 143 minutes in penalties. Hunter remained with the Habs for four years, but never found the scoring touch that he or the organization had expected when they drafted him so high.

Hunter became a member of the St. Louis Blues in 1985-86, where he played for three seasons. His best offensive year in the NHL came during that first year with the Blues, when he scored 44 goals and 74 points. He also contributed 14 points in 19 playoff games. In 1988-89, Hunter joined the Calgary Flames and helped them to their first Stanley Cup victory, beating the Montreal Canadiens in the finals, the team which had picked Hunter in the draft eight years earlier.

After just over two years in Calgary, Hunter was dealt to the Hartford Whalers, where he dressed for 74 games over two seasons. His final NHL season came in 1992-93 when he played seven games for the Washington Capitals. He finished his NHL career having appeared in 628 games, scoring 213 goals and 384 points.

Hunter coached in St. John's of the American League following his retirement and also served as head coach with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 44 35 44 79 160
1979-80 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 66 34 56 90 171 11 2 8 10 27
1980-81 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 53 39 40 79 157 6 3 3 6 27
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 18 11 29 143 +10 5 0 0 0 20
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 8 8 16 73 +5
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 6 4 10 42 -2 14 2 1 3 69
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 21 12 33 123 -13 11 0 3 3 13
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 44 30 74 171 +15 19 7 7 14 48
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 36 33 69 167 -19 5 0 3 3 10
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 32 31 63 136 -6 5 2 3 5 24
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 66 22 8 30 194 +4 10 2 2 4 23
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 4 2 0 2 4
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 10 2 3 5 39 0
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 57 10 15 25 125 -1
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 11 4 3 7 40 +3 6 5 1 6 17
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 63 10 13 23 159 -8 4 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 14 +1
1992-93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 28 13 18 31 66 7 3 1 4 12
NHL Totals 628 213 171 384 1426 79 18 20 38 230


Brother of Dave and Dale Played in NHL All-Star Game (1986) Missed majority of 1982-83 due to knee injury vs. Quebec, December 26, 1982.
Missed majority of 1983-84 due to knee surgery, September, 1983. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Michael Dark and Montreal's 2nd (Herb Raglan), 3rd (Nelson Emerson), 5th (Dan Brooks) and 6th (Rich Burchill) round picks in 1985 NHL Draft for St. Louis' 1st (Jose Charbonneau), 2nd (Todd Richards), 4th (Martin Desjardins), 5th (Tom Sagissor) and 6th (Donald Dufresne) round picks in 1985 NHL Draft, June 15, 1985. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with Doug Gilmour, Steve Bozek and Michael Dark for Mike Bullard, Craig Coxe and Tim Corkery, September 6, 1988.
Missed majority of 1989-90 due to knee surgery, December 15, 1989. Traded to Hartford by Calgary for Carey Wilson, March 5, 1991. Traded to Washington by Hartford with future considerations (Yvon Corriveau, August 20, 1992) for Nick Kypreos, June 15, 1992.
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