Meghan Hunter to be honoured in Petrolia

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Meghan Hunter, seen here at the Blackhawks podium making a draft pick, in her Team Canada uniform and as a Petrolia Oiler, will be honoured in Petrolia for her contributions to the game on April 1.

Meghan Hunter will be honoured with a place in the Greenwood Recreation Centre, Petrolia Wall of Fame.

The Town of Petrolia says the Oil Springs native will be honoured with a ceremony in April.

Hunter began her hockey career with Petrolia Minor Hockey. When she started playing, she was one of three girls in the entire organization but says playing with boys fueled her to excel.

Hunter graduated from LCCVI in 1999 and was recognized as a Nicol Scholarship Recipient. 

She won a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where, in her first year, she was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Year, was a US National leader in goal scoring and was a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist -an award for the top USA women’s college hockey player. She was the only rookie selected.

Hunter won tried out and won a spot on the National U-22 team where she competed for two seasons. The team won gold in the European Air Canada Cup in 2003.

Over the years, Hunter worked in the coaching and development side of hockey with colleges and the London Knights which is owned by her uncles, Mark and Dale Hunter.

In 2010, she became the manager of hockey operations for Hockey Canada and was with the team when it won gold in the U18 Worlds in 2012 and the 2014 Olympic Gold in Sochi – as well as numerous silver medal performances in tournaments around the globe.

Hunter is now with the Chicago Blackhawks now working as director of hockey administration and is the first female amateur scout in Blackhawks history. And, the Hockey News has twice recognized Hunter as one of 20 women with the credentials to be a GM in the NHL in the future.

The induction ceremony will be April 1 at 5:30 pm.