Center Eric Hunter is returning to the Stockton Thunder after spending nearly a month in the American Hockey League.
The Thunder announced on Monday (Mar. 18) that Hunter has been reassigned to Stockton from the Oklahoma City Barons. He is expected to be with the Thunder when the team plays back-to-back games against the San Francisco Bulls at the Cow Palace in Daly City on Friday and Saturday.
Hunter has spent much of this season with Stockton, recording 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 57 games in a Thunder uniform. He most recently was assigned to Oklahoma City on Feb. 23 and has played in 11 games with the Barons this season, collecting a goal and six penalty minutes.
Hunter returns to the Thunder as the team is attempting to hang on to fourth place in the ECHL’s Western Conference. Stockton has three games remaining on its regular-season schedule and sits seven points ahead of the Colorado Eagles and eight ahead of the Las Wranglers in the race for fourth place in the conference. The top four teams will have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the upcoming Kelly Cup playoffs.
Following the two games against the Bulls, the Thunder will close out the regular season with a home game against the Idaho Steelheads on Mar. 30 at Stockton Arena.