Wild acquire former BSU star Brad Hunt
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild general manager Paul Fenton announced Monday night that the team has acquired former Bemidji State standout Brad Hunt in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, just hours after a 4-2 Wild win in Las Vegas.
The Wild acquired the veteran defenseman and a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from Vegas in exchange for Minnesota's 2019 conditional fifth-round pick. In addition, the Wild reassigned defenseman Louie Belpedio to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.
Hunt, 30, has recorded seven points (2g-5a) in 13 games with the Golden Knights this season. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, set a career-high with 18 points (3g-15a) in 45 games with Vegas last season.
The former Beaver has collected 34 points (7g-27a) in 91 career NHL games over six seasons with Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville and Vegas. The left-shot defenseman collected 209 points (57g-152a) in 287 career AHL games (2011-2017).
Prior to his pro career, Hunt played four seasons for Bemidji State, totaling 112 points (24g-88a) in 150 games (2008-2012). He was a freshman for the Beavers during the team’s run to the 2009 Frozen Four.
The blueliner originally signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in 2013 and made his NHL debut Jan. 3, 2014 at Anaheim.
Belpedio, 22, skated in two games with Minnesota after being recalled from Iowa on Jan. 18.
Hunt joins two former Beavers already playing in the Wild organization.
Matt Read and Gerry Fitzgerald are currently playing for the Iowa Wild in the AHL. Read has posted 20 points (10g-10a) in 36 games with Iowa, and has also logged five games with Minnesota this season. Fitzgerald has recorded 17 points (12g-5a) in 42 games with Iowa this season.
Meanwhile, Zach Whitecloud is now the only former BSU skater left in the Golden Knights organization. The former Beaver defenseman has tallied 18 points (4g-14a) in 40 games this season with the Chicago Wolves, Vegas’s AHL affiliate.
The Minnesota Wild next visit the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 p.m.