2010-11: Michael Bunting skated for the Scarborough Young Bruins midget AA team in Scarborough, ON.
2011-12: Bunting skated for the Young Bruins and was the high school athlete of the year at Toronto’s Blessed Cardinal Newman — where he played hockey, badminton and volleyball.
2012-13: Bunting played his first season of AAA hockey — skating for the Don Mills Flyers midget team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He scored 28 goals with 12 assists in 28 regular season games and drew the attention of OHL scouts at the OHA Cup — scoring 6 goals with 8 assists in seven games. Bunting was selected by Sault Ste. Marie in the ninth round (160th overall) of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
2013-14: Bunting made his OHL debut with Sault Ste. Marie as an 18-year old and had an immediate impact skating on the Greyhounds’ top line with Jared McCann and Andrew Fritsch. In his first 45 games he scored 14 goals with 25 assists and was +11 with 32 penalty minutes. Bunting was ranked 37th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Bunting was a late-bloomer, playing multiple sports well into his teenage years before choosing to focus on hockey. On the ice he is a relentless pest who commits himself to outworking the opposition every shift. Most of the scoring opportunities he generates are the result of this work ethic and persistence.
Bunting will return to the Soo Greyhounds where he will continue to log top line minutes. With departure of veterans such as Tyler Gaudet, Bunting will have an opportunity to take on a leadership role.