Matt Hunwick
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Matt Hunwick

Hometown:

Sterling Heights Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-05-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2004

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Boston, 2010

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

Matt Hunwick spent two years playing in the US National Development Program. He helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2002 World U-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2002-03 : During the season, Hunwick scored eight goals and 18 assists in 48 games. He represented the US at the IIHF 2003 U18 Championship, registering three assists in six games.

2003-04: Hunwick and senior Andy Burnes were the top defensive pairing for Michigan. He was also a mainstay on the special team units. He was named to the CCHA All Rookie Team. He also represented the United States on the gold-winning U-20 National team during the 2004 IHF World Under-20 Hockey Championship.

2004-05: Hunwick continued to improve during his sophomore season at Michigan. He was named CCHA defenseman of the week on three different occasions and played for Team USA in the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.

2005-06: Hunwick served as one of the team captains and was paired with Jack Johnson for the majority of the season. He had a career high points total.

2006-07: As a senior, he took over as team captain and helped lead the Wolverines  to their 17th straight NCAA tournament where they lost to North Dakota in the West Regional semi-final. Paired with Jack Johnson, Hunwick was one of  the team's top defensemen, and had a career high +/- at +24. Hunwick was named to the All-CCHA first team and received honors as the CCHA's best defensive defenseman.

Hunwick signed an entry level contract with the Bruins in June of 2007

2007-08: Hunwick impressed in training camp and earned some playing time in Boston. He would spend the majority of his rookie season in Providence.

 

Talent Analysis

First and foremost, Hunwick is a responsible player in his own zone. He is strong in his defensive positioning and decisive in reading his coverage as evidenced by his team leading +14 rating. He is an asset carrying the puck up the ice and is an integral part of Michigan’s transition game. On the power play, Hunwick moves the puck quickly and makes hard, sharp passes. His shot from the point is average at best.

“Matty’s been a consistent player for us since he started here,” said Michigan assistant coach Billy Powers. “He’s a player that teammates look up to, and he’s one of those players where his actions speak louder than words. He’s not a real rah-rah guy, but his leadership shows on the ice. Sometimes he lets mistakes get to him a little too much -That competitive nature can get the best of him, and he needs to work on bouncing back mentally”.

 

Future

It will be Hunwick’s excellent skating and transition game that help to overcome any questions about his physical limitations.