(Marc Smith/DiscoverMooseJaw) Daemon Hunt is preparing to make some noise with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season as he heads into his rookie campaign.
After putting together some strong performances with the Warriors as a 15-year-old last season, Hunt will join the Warriors full-time this year.
He says he still has to go into training camp and show that he belongs.
“I’m excited and ready to go,” said Hunt. “I have to go to the camp and go as hard as I can, everyone is fighting for a spot on the roster, I need to prove a point that I can make my spot as a 16-year-old, but nothing is guaranteed at all.”
Hunt played in nine games with the Warriors as a 15-year-old, posting a goal and two points. He also dressed in two playoff games.
In between stints with the Warriors, the Brandon, Manitoba product managed to produce a point-per-game with the Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings, registering four goals and 40 points in 40 games.
Hunt said he’s a completely different player from the start of last season thanks to the experience that he’s gained.
“My game has grown a ton,” he said. “Looking back, I was really excited that I was drafted and now the Western League is a part of my life now, I’m use to it. It’s a very skilled league, but I’ve always played my game and so far, that’s gone well.”
Hunt is coming off a week with Hockey Canada at the 2018 Under-17 Summer Development Camp in Calgary. This was Hunt’s first taste of the Program of Excellence and he said he’s coming away a better player after that camp.
“It’s very humbling to be there and seeing all the competition that I have to compete with to make that team is very impressive, but overall, it was something that I’m going to take in and remember for the rest of my life,” said Hunt.
“All the guys were really good, the coaching staff was really good, they helped me, they taught me new things and it was just a really good experience.”
Hunt had by far the most major junior experience of any player at the camp, but he was also able to gauge himself against the top players in his age group.
Hunt said he’s coming away happy with how he stacks up.
“The WHL is a really quick league and the quickness really helped me going against kids my age,” said Hunt. “For me going in, I felt really good, I blended in really well, but I wanted to standout, which I feel I did.”
Hunt’s attention is now on Warriors training camp, which will open in two weeks on Aug. 22 at Mosaic Place.