Alexander Hult grew up in the Borlänge system, but signed with HV 71 as a 16-year old in 2000 and played with the Junior 18 club, finishing third in scoring on the team, second in assists, and second in penalty minutes. MoDo defeated HV 71 in two games in the first round of the 2001 play-offs, in which Hult failed to tally.
In 2001-02 Hult played for HV 71’s Junior 20 team, finishing sixth in scoring, fourth in goals, and second in penalty minutes to help HV 71 J-20 to a fourth place finish in the Southern Division. Hult tallied only one assist in the three games HV 71 played to avoid relegation and qualify to compete in the J-20 Super Elite League in 2002-03.
Hult came on during the 2002-03 season, scoring 25 points in 24 games to finish fourth in scoring, and owner of the best points-per-game average of any HV-71 J-20 player who played in over 10 games. With a +20 rating, Hult finished seven points ahead of his next competitor on the team and good for ninth in the league. Hult’s production dropped off in the play-offs with four assists in seven games, but HV 71 found some success making the J-20 Finals, but losing to Vastra Frolunda.
The 2002-03 season also marked Hult’s first games of professional competition, as he played five games for Tranas of the Allsvensken League and one game for HV 71’s Swedish Elite League team.
Although Hult has not yet represented Sweden in a major IIHF tournament, the San Jose Sharks drafted the big center in the 8th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the 236th pick.
Gifted with some size and the willingness to play physical, Hult also possesses a good work ethic and attitude. Hult is also a decent drawman who has some ability on offense.