Home » Local Sports, Rotating Features

Former Ice Digger leads Wolverines into the Frozen Four

Submitted by on March 23, 2010 – 6:19 amNo Comment

Former Ice Digger Shawn Hunwick now wears the Maize & Blue

In a hockey career that included the Alpena Ice Diggers, Shawn Hunwick went from Wolverine walk-on to MVP of the CCHA Tournament.

Cinderella teams produce unlikely heroes and the Michigan hockey team has one right from the casting department. Enter Shawn Hunwick, the practice goalie without a scholarship or even a picture in Michigan’s game program.

This story unfolded, with a goalie skate instead of a glass slipper, as Hunwick was between the pipes for a shocking run of victories in March that included six straight wins against heavily favored opponents.

Thinking he had nothing to lose after a disappointing 19-16-1 regular season and on the road to nowhere, Michigan coach Red Berenson put Hunwick in the line-up for Hockey’s Big Dance after starting goalie Bryan Hogan was sidelined with a groin injury.

What followed was pure magic as the Wolverine’s stunned the college hockey world by winning the CCHA Tournament, beating Miami of Ohio 5 to 2 and trimming the Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 to 1 to take the trophy home to Ann Arbor.

Originally hailing from Sterling Heights, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.  Hunwick played the 2006-2007 season for the Alpena Ice Diggers of the North American Hockey League, posting a goaltending record of 17-9-1 and finishing with a save percentage of .904.