The Everett Silvertips signed their second prospect in as many weeks, this time inking 2003-born forward Brendan Hunchak to a contract on Wednesday.
Hunchak, a Kamloops, British Columbia, native, has scored six goals and put up 16 points in 32 games for the Thompson Blazers in the British Columbia Major Midget League this season.
Hunchak is the son of former Western Hockey League player and coach Dave Hunchak. The elder Hunchak played from 1990-1993 with the Saskatoon Blades and spent from 2004-2014 as a coach in the league in Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Kamloops.
Hunchak, who is left-handed, was unselected in the 2018 bantam draft, but has taken part in two WHL training camps. He spent camp with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2018 before participating in Everett in 2019.
Current Silvertips defenseman Aidan Sutter and Hunchak have played sparingly together over the past two years in the Thompson Blazers program, as well as in youth lacrosse.
“He works his (butt) off everyday,” Sutter said. “He’s one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever met. He’s super nice. He comes from a hockey family. … He’s really nice, he’s going to be a good addition next year.”
The Silvertips now have seven 2003-born players signed to contracts, as Hunchak joins current Silvertips Olen Zellweger and Braden Holt, forward prospects Jack Lambert, Nate Goodbrandson and Carter Halamandaris and defense prospect Ty Gibson.
Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for The Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @JoshHortoneEDH