Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
Avalanche - Defenseman
NUMBER: 22
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
WEIGHT: 190
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 05/21/1985
AGE: 28
BIRTHPLACE: Warren, MI, USA
DRAFTED: BOS: 2004-224 overall
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2004) CCHA Second All-Star Team (2005, 2006) CCHA First All-Star Team (2007) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2007) Traded to Colorado by Boston for Colby Cohen, November 29, 2010. Missed majority of 2011-12 as a healthy reserve.
2012-13 SEASON
Finished second on the Avalanche in average ice time (21:31) and led the club in even-strength ice time per game (17:47)…Also ranked first on the team in shifts-per-game (29.0)…Posted a +4 plus/minus rating, tied for third on the squad…Did not dress on Feb. 11 vs. Phoenix due to injury (torso)…Logged a season-high 28:22 of ice time on April 11 at Los Angeles, the second-most minutes of his career (29:00 on April 5, 2010 at Washington)…Following the season, Hunwick helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki…Appeared in all 10 games for the Americans, recording two goals and two assists with a team-high +9 plus/minus rating…His four points tied for second among USA defensemen.

CAREER
2011-12:
Dressed in each of Colorado’s final 21 contests to end the year, tallying five points (3g/2a) with a +1 rating during that stretch…Scored his first goal of the season on Feb. 24 at Columbus, his first goal since Oct. 19, 2010 at Washington (snapped a drought of 81 games).

2010-11: Was acquired by Colorado from Boston on Nov. 29 and went on to register 10 points (0g/10a) in 51 games with the Avalanche…Skated in a combined 73 games between the Avs and Bruins, collecting 13 points (1g/12a)…Averaged 19:30 of ice time with Colorado…Appeared in all 22 games for the Bruins prior to the trade, tallying a goal and two assists with a +4 plus/minus rating…Made his Avalanche debut on Nov. 30 vs. Atlanta…Skated in his 200th NHL game on Feb. 26 at Los Angeles…Missed two games due to a back injury, March 24-26…Missed the final three games of the season (head).

2009-10: Appeared in a career-high 76 games for the Bruins, collecting 14 points (6g/8a)…Finished tied for second among Boston defensemen in games played and goals…Played as a forward for one game, Dec. 10 vs. Toronto.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all 13 playoff games for Boston, tallying six assists…Ranked third on the team and led all Bruins defensemen in assist during the postseason…Recorded his first career playoff point with a helper in Game 1 of the ECQF on April 15 at Buffalo.

2008-09: Tallied 27 points (6g/21a) in 53 games as a rookie with Boston…Scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 17 at Toronto…Compiled a career-high six-game point streak from Nov. 17-28 (3g/5a)…That tied a franchise record for longest scoring streak by a rookie defenseman, equaling Ray Bourque’s six-game stretch from March 12-19, 1980…Had a career-high three points (0g/3a) on Dec. 12 at Atlanta and March 28 at Toronto…Played six games at forward…Missed three contests because of flu-like symptoms…Had two stints in Providence (AHL) from Oct. 7-14 and Feb. 24-25.

PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the ECQF on April 16 vs. Montreal but suffered a spleen injury which required a splenectomy on April 18…Missed the remainder of the postseason.

2007-08: Spent most of his first professional season with the Providence Bruins but was recalled by Boston on four occasions, Nov. 9-13, Nov. 17-21, Nov. 22-Dec. 13 and Dec. 22-Jan. 3…Wound up with one assist in 13 games with the Boston Bruins…Made his NHL debut on Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo…Picked up his his first NHL point with an assist on Dec. 8 at Toronto.

2006-07: Served as team captain in his senior year at the University of Michigan…Was selected to the CCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West Second All-American Team after totaling 27 points (6g/21a) in 41 games…Also named the CCHA’s top defensive defenseman.

2005-06: Named to the CCHA Second All-Star Team as a junior at Michigan…Had 11 goals, 30 points and 70 penalty minutes.

2004-05: Selected to the CCHA Second All-Star Team as a sophomore.

2003-04: Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman at the University of Michigan. Other: Prior to enrolling at Michigan, spent the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

INTERNATIONAL

Helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki…Appeared in all 10 games for the Americans, recording two goals and two assists with a team-high +9 plus/minus rating…His four points tied for second among USA defensemen…Helped the United States capture their first-ever world junior gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland…Appeared in all six games during that tournament, posting a +2 plus/minus rating…Also represented Team USA at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D., collecting four assists in seven games.

PERSONAL
Matt and his wife, Adrienne, have a son, Henry Richard, who was born on March 1, 2013…Matt’s brother, Shawn, is a goaltender who played one game for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12…Shawn also played collegiately at the University of Michigan…Matt switched his jersey number from #48 to #22 prior to the start of the 2011-12 campaign…Matt and Erik Johnson made a visit to Father Woody’s homeless shelter during Thanksgiving week of 2011…Helped run a practice for the Avalanche’s Pee Wee Team (the Boulder Bison) on Feb. 4, 2011 in preparation for the 52nd Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament…Hunwick himself participated in the Quebec Tournament as a young hockey player.