The 2020 year was a wild one for Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt, so wild in fact he was drafted by the Minnesota Wild.
His year was the 12th top story of 2020.
In January, Daemon Hunt was recovering from a December skate injury on his arm at a game in Edmonton and wasn’t able to play in the top prospects game. In late February, he started to play his first few games after the injury and become involved in an incident at a game in Regina that saw him get a two-game suspension, the first suspension of his career.
Then, the pandemic hit Western Canada and the WHL, pausing and then halting his season, which was his last before the NHL Entry Draft. The NHL draft would have taken place in June in Montreal, but that was paused until October when a virtual NHL Entry Draft saw his name called 65th overall by the Minnesota Wild.
The 2020-2021 Western Hockey League season became locked in a holding pattern, so Hunt took advantage of the Warriors’ temporary loan program and found himself skating for his home province’s Virden Oil Capitals. He scored three goals and two assists in three games – winning player of the week one of those weeks, before that league was paused for a lengthy period when Covid cases spiked throughout the province.
Oh, but it didn’t end there.
Hunt was named to the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp in Red Deer. Even though they were in a bubble, a couple of positive tests among the players there later, and he was in a two-week quarantine at the team’s hotel. He later developed a positive test of his own there and was sent home after the quarantine.
Hunt told media earlier this month that he is feeling well.