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Hunwick Signs With Columbus

CHN Staff Report

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hobey Baker Award finalist Shawn Hunwick has been signed by the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets on an emergency basis.

Hunwick, who just completed his senior season with Michigan, will be signed to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO), and could be signed longer term if the injury to starter Steve Mason causes him to be out of the lineup for a significant period of time.

“Columbus called us today and told us that one of their goalies got hurt this morning," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "They asked if Hunwick was available. I called Hunwick and he said he was available and so he’s on his way down there. I’ll be watching on TV. He obviously has my blessing.”

Hunwick was a walk-on at Michigan and never was expected to play. He was thrust into action towards the end of his junior year, and wound up leading Michigan to a late charge to the NCAAs, and an OT loss to Miami in the NCAA Regional final.

Last season, Hunwick was supposed to be replaced by highly-touted Jack Campbell, but Campbell bailed on his commitment, opting at the last minute for juniors. Instead, Hunwick led Michigan to the national championship game, where they again lost in OT. This season, Hunwick decided to return for a fifth year, and again a highly-touted recruit walked away, leaving Hunwick again as the No. 1. He led Michigan to the NCAAs, where they lost in OT again, in the first round.

Hunwick leaves Michigan as the all-time leader in goals against average. He was 24-12-3 this season, with a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage. He was recently named 2011-12 First Team All-CHN.

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