Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tim Hunter
Tim Hunter was a tough, fighting man who accumulated penalty minutes like a banker collects interest. Starting with the Kamloops Chiefs of the BCJHL, he duked his way through stints with the Seattle Breakers, Birmingham Bulls, and Nova Scotia Voyageurs en route to the NHL.

Hunter was selected 54th overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1979 Entry Draft. He didn't make it to the parent club, however, until the team had made its transition to Calgary. That suited Hunter very well as he cites playing his first-ever NHL game before his hometown fans as one of two major highlights of his lengthy career.

Hunter's robust style of play fit like a boxing glove as his Flames engaged in the "Battles of Alberta" against Dave Semenko and the Oilers to the north. Through it all, Hunter and his team made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 1986 only to lose to Montreal. They got their revenge, however, taking the Cup back on Montreal Forum ice in 1989.

In all, Hunter played eleven seasons with the Flames, departing as the club's all-time leader in penalty minutes with 2,405. He then joined the Quebec Nordiques for the 1992-93 season before being claimed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks halfway through the year.

He spent three and a half seasons with the Canucks and was an inspirational leader in helping his team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1994-95. He eventually left the Canucks in 1996 to sign with the San Jose Sharks where he retired from the NHL after a single campaign.

Since leaving the ice, Hunter has worked as an assistant to head coach Ron Wilson of the Washington Capitals.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Kamloops Chiefs BCJHL 51 9 28 37 266
1977-78 Seattle Breakers WCJHL 3 1 2 3 4
1978-79 Seattle Breakers WHL 70 8 41 49 300
1979-80 Seattle Breakers WHL 72 14 53 67 311 12 1 2 3 41
1980-81 Birmingham Bulls CHL 58 3 5 8 236
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 17 0 0 0 62 6 0 1 1 45
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 9 0
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 55 4 12 16 222
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 16 1 0 1 54 -2 9 1 0 1 70
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 46 5 12 17 225
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 43 4 4 8 130 0 7 0 0 0 21
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 71 11 11 22 259 +14 4 0 0 0 24
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 66 8 7 15 291 -9 19 0 3 3 108
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 73 6 15 21 361 -1 6 0 0 0 51
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 68 8 5 13 337 -8 9 4 0 4 32
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 75 3 9 12 375 +22 19 0 4 4 32
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 3 2 0 2 0
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 67 2 3 5 279 -9 6 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 34 5 2 7 143 +1 7 0 0 0 10
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 30 1 3 4 167 +2
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 5 3 8 94 -4
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 0 4 4 99 +1 11 0 0 0 26
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 3 4 7 171 -7 24 0 0 0 26
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 3 2 5 120 +1 11 0 0 0 22
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 2 0 2 122 -8
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 0 4 4 135 0
NHL Totals 815 62 76 138 3146 132 5 7 12 426


Claimed by Tampa Bay from Calgary in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Quebec by Tampa Bay for future considerations (Martin Simard, September 14, 1992), June 19, 1992. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Quebec, February 12, 1993. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 23, 1996.