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.