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LW, Dave Hunter

105 Playoff GP, 16-24-40 PTS, x3 SC
Selke: T21 ('80)

Overpass's numbers: 746 GP, 109-153-261 ESP (28 per season) / Killed 32% of team's penalties, .82 rating

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends
Dave Hunter was a role player par excellence. In fact, if you were to look up the term 3rd or 4th line role player in a hockey dictionary - it would say See Dave Hunter. Dave - in typical Hunter fashion, was a mean, extremely physical and effective player along the boards, wearing down the opposition with tenacious forechecking and physical contact. Yet despite his aggressiveness, Hunter usually part had small PIM totals. That shows his true value as a smart and controlled energy player. He was particularly effective on the road.

Though not a graceful player in the finesse sense, Dave combined decent skating speed and good balance with excellent vision and anticipation to make him one of the top defensive forwards of the 1980s. One of the biggest reasons for his defensive excellence is he was such a good positional player.

In the post season of 1981, the young Oilers served notice that they had arrived when they upset the heavily favored and legendary Montreal Canadiens. Hunter was assigned to cover Montreal's top offensive weapon Guy Lafleur, and he did a masterful job. The Flower picked up only a lonely assist in that series.

At the height of his success, Dave had to fight some personal demons. In 1985 he was convicted three times for drunken driving and refusing to take a breathalyzer test. A mandatory 28 day prison sentence was upgraded to a 4 month detention period, which he was allowed to serve after the hockey season.

Originally Posted by The Pittsburgh Press - Dec 1, 1987
In the National Hockey league, "Hunter" is not so much a family name as it is a trademark.

Get yourself a Hunter and you get yourself an aggressive, slightly combative, intelligent hockey player. Guaranteed to drive opponents to distraction. Always active and in the middle of things on the ice; polite and shy in the locker room.

"Dale is the heart and soul of the Washington team, much like he was when he was with Quebec," Dave Hunter said. "And Mark is the best goal scorer of the three of us. If it is true that we all share some common traits, I think it is because of our father. He had a lot of energy and he taught us to work hard and play hard. And for all of us, the big thing is the team, not the individual results."

Penguins Coach Pierre Creamer said Dave is less talented offensively than either of his brothers, but it is his defense that should prove most helpful. "First of all, he comes from a winning organization and that has to help. His defense is a plus for us. He's aggressive; maybe not as aggressive as Dale and he's a much quieter kind of leader than Dale, but he is part of our checking line and I think his contribution will be important.

"Any goals we get are bonuses," Hunter sad. Doing a little something extra is also a Hunter family trait. "Sometimes you've got to start up something to get a team going," Hunter said. "Sometimes, it's with an extra hard hit. Sometimes, you've got to do it. You've got to do something for your team."

That "extra" effort has been known to enrage opponents, who can get distracted trying to pay back a Hunter and forget more important things, such as winning games.

Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated - April 20, 1981
Physically, the Canadiens were healthier than they had been all year. But mentally they were rotten-ripe, too long together, having spent too many years depending on Lafleur, their forward extraordinaire, to score the impossible goal when they needed it most. But this time Lafleur failed them. They looked to him, and Lafleur, feeling that Montreal Coach Claude Ruel had failed him, looked to the exits. "I don't know if he was sick or not," said Edmonton's 19-year-old defenseman, Paul Coffey, who scored a goal in every game. "But that sure wasn't the Lafleur I used to watch on television."

Because the Canadiens were such prohibitive favorites, the series was billed as little more than a Gretzky vs. Lafleur exhibition....

But the key part of the game-indeed, of the series-was not made by Gretzky but by Left Wing Dave Hunter, who hammered Lafleur with a clean body check early in the first period. After that, Lafleur did one of the all-time great disappearing acts, and Oiler Coach Glen Sather made certain that Hunter was one the ice every time The Flower was.

"Sure he's great; he will be the player of the '80s," Lafleur said of Gretzky the morning after the first game. "If you let him skate, he can do anything. But if you take the man, check him, it will slow him down like they did to me last night."

Originally Posted by Edmonon Journal - Oct 23, 1979
"Dave Hunter's played some centre, too," said Sather. That's just idle chatter, however, Hunter is too valuable on left wing on Oilers' checking line and his assignment tonight will undoubtedly be to shadow Mike Bossy, who has scored 129 goals in the last 165 league games.

Originally Posted by The Spokesman-Review - Dec 14, 1979
Lumley and linemates Stan Weir and Dave Hunter did a superb job of checking Montreal's top line of Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt and Pierre Larouche. The Edmonton trio totally frustrated the Canadiens' high scorers and also paced the Oilers' attack.

Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal - Jan 8, 1980
"Hunter checked Lafleur into the ice (for the second time this season), Weir was a star and Lumley played well...what more could I ask," said Oiler coach Glen Sather.

Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal - Jan 14, 1981
Sather also put in his two cents worth complaining about the holding and then having the gall to say, "Lafleur doesn't have to put up with that grief." Totally asinine! What does Dave Hunter do all game when the Habs come to town; the way he's draped over Lafleur you'd think he went to the 'john' with him as well.

Originally Posted by The Leader-Post - Apr 23, 1983
Edmonton coach Glen Sather wasn't saying if he would send the Oilers' best checker, Dave Hunter, and linemates Pat Hughes and Ray Cote against Chicago's Savard-Secord-Larmer line.

Originally Posted by The Calgary Herald - Apr 25, 1983
Sparked by the play of the checking line of newcomer Ray Cote, Dave Hunter, and Pat Hughes that shut down Chicago's Denis Savard line, the Oilers embarrassed the Blackhawks in the second period, outshooting them 21-2.

"Hunter, Hughes and Cote got us going and put the whole team together," Sather said. "If it hadn't been for that line I think we would have been in some trouble...the score could have been reversed because Chicago was playing very well to that point."

Originally Posted by The Ottawa Citizen - May 10, 1983
Dave Hunter likely will be assigned to Shadow Bossy. He was told to travel with Lanny McDonald, the 66-goal Calgary Flame, in that series and caused a proper flameout. McDonald scored once in five games, and not when Hunter was on the ice. He also drew Steve Larmer in the Chicago series, and shut him down.

Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - May 15, 1984
Edmonton's best line against the Islanders has been the checking unit of Kevin McClelland between Dave Hunter and Pat Hughes. &hl=en

Originally Posted by The Complete Hanbook of Pro Hockey - 1982
Among assorted offensive stars on Oiler roster, he's the defensive specialist...Did admirable checking job on scoring stars Guy Lafleur an Mike Bossy in 1981 playoffs...Excellent penalty-killer...Oilers feel he's close to being the equal of Bob Gainey of Canadiens, the perennial award winner as the NHL's best defensive forward.

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