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Former Warrior scores first NHL goal

Warriors' former WHL scoring champion playing in second season with Florida Panthers
Dryden Hunt (file photo)

A weekend filled with milestones for the Moose Jaw Warriors even extended into the National Hockey League on Sunday afternoon.

Former Warriors standout and Western Hockey League scoring champion Dryden Hunt scored his first NHL goal as the Florida Panthers took a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Hunt, 23, is in his second season with the Panthers organization, having picked up an assist in 11 games during the 2017-18 campaign. He’s split the current season between Florida and their AHL affiliate in Springfield, with four assists to go along his goal in 22 games with the Panthers. Hunt has 21 goals and 38 points in 46 games for Springfield.

Hunt’s goal came with 2:51 gone in the third period after Riley Sheahan finished off an impressive individual effort by drawing the Red Wings defence to him and firing cross-ice pass to a wide-open Hunt. A quick shot into the yawning cage later, and goal number one was his.

Interestingly enough, the first player to celebrate with Hunt was another former Bobby Clarke Trophy winner for the Warriors in Troy Brouwer, who signed with the Panthers as a free agent this past offseason.

A product of Cranbrook, B.C., Hunt played his overage season with the Tribe during the 2015-16 campaign, racking up 58 goals and 116 points while playing all 72 games.


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