Troy Hunt has been a fixture in the crease for the Fort St. John Flyers for 12 seasons and with that comes a number of career milestones. The Flyers all-time leader in wins is sitting on 99 for his career and may have the chance to reach 100 tonight should he start against the Dawson Creek Canucks.
Hunt said despite being with the club as long as he has, it’s not surprise to him that he keeps coming back as the sport has always been a part of his yearly routine.
“I’m not too surprised that I’ve played this long. I just really enjoy it. It’s been a great group of people to play with over the last 12 years and some amazing people are involved in this organization. I’ve played hockey every winter of my life so it’s not too shocking that I’m still kicking at it,” he said.
As for why he keeps coming back year after year, Hunt says it’s still fun going to the rink a few times a week considering the bonds he has with various members of the team.
“My wife asks me that every September. I don’t know what else I would do with my spare time although the spare time is getting smaller and smaller every winter. It’s still somewhere that I want to be a couple of nights a week and the camaraderie with the boys in the dressing room that’s huge and the bus trips,” he said.
Reflecting back on his years with the Flyers he said the 100 win milestone is something that makes you think of the seasons past while recognizing the time and energy put in.
“It’s pretty neat. It kind of makes you step back and realize how many games you’ve played and the success we’ve had as an organization in Fort St. John is pretty good. It kind of points that out and makes you realize that we’ve had a pretty good run here and some pretty good years. It’s near to have a number to the work that you’ve put in over the last 12 years,” Hunt said.
Hunt and the Flyers will begin a home and home series with the Dawson Creek Canucks tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m. with the clubs meeting in a rematch Thursday night in Dawson Creek.