Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter was the first of three Hunter brothers to make it to the NHL, followed soon thereafter by Dale and Mark. Hunter was a 1st-round selection of the Montreal Canadiens, 17th overall, in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

Hunter played three years in the OHA with the Sudbury Wolves and was lauded for his strong two-way play. In his final year of junior, he scored 44 goals and 88 points in 68 games with the Wolves. He also had 156 minutes in penalties, proving he could handle the tough stuff as well.

By 1978-79, Hunter was set to turn pro but opted to join the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA, feeling he would have a better chance at cracking their lineup as a 20-year-old rookie. He played 72 games with the Oilers that year, scoring 32 points. With the folding of the WHA at the end of the season, Edmonton and three other clubs were absorbed into the NHL, and Hunter continued playing for the Oilers. In his first year in the NHL, he played in all 80 games, scoring 12 goals and 43 points. Hunter spent close to nine seasons with the Oilers in the NHL and was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, in 1984, 1985, and 1987. He likely would have been fitted for a fourth ring in 1988, but he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier that season.

In 1988-89, he joined the Winnipeg Jets for 345 games before being sent back to the Edmonton Oilers where he played the final 32 games of his NHL career. Hunter retired having played in 746 games, scoring 133 goals and 323 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B
1975-76 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 53 7 21 28 117 17 0 9 9 53
1976-77 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 62 30 56 86 140 6 1 3 4 9
1976-77 Canada WJC-A 7 6 2 8 2
1977-78 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 68 44 44 88 156
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 72 7 25 32 134 13 2 3 5 42
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 6 3 4 7 6
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 12 31 43 103 +7 3 0 0 0 7
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 12 16 28 98 -12 9 0 0 0 28
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 16 22 38 63 +33 5 0 1 1 26
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 13 18 31 120 +12 16 4 7 11 60
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 22 26 48 90 +25 17 5 5 10 14
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 17 19 36 122 -1 18 2 5 7 33
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 15 22 37 77 +37 10 2 3 5 23
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 6 9 15 79 +1 21 3 3 6 20
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 3 3 6 6 +1
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 11 18 29 77 +8
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 34 3 1 4 61 -3
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 32 3 5 8 22 -5 6 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 746 133 190 323 918 105 16 24 40 211


Brother of Dale and Mark Signed as an underage free agent by Edmonton (WHA), June, 1978. Claimed by Edmonton from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton with Paul Coffey and Wayne Van Dorp for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph, November 24, 1987. Transferred to Edmonton by Pittsburgh as compensation for Pittsburgh's claiming Dave Hannan in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Claimed by Winnipeg from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Winnipeg, January 14, 1989.