- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
Former Michigan hockey goaltender Shawn Hunwick will be suiting up with the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night according to Todd Sharrock, Vice President of Public Relations for the Blue Jackets.
"We signed Shawn to an amateur tryout contract," Sharrock told ESPN.com. "He'll come, he'll sign the contract, he'll back up tonight and then we'll see."
Starting goalie Steve Mason was hit in the mask with a puck during the Blue Jackets' morning skate on Wednesday and Hunwick was contacted sometime after. Backup Allen York will be starting tonight against the Red Wings, and Hunwick will be York's backup.
Hunwick's contract will be day-to-day until the team finds out the status of Mason's injury, according to Sharrock.
Michigan coach Red Berenson was delighted at the news.
“Columbus called us today and told us that one of their goalies got hurt this morning," Berenson said in a university press release. They asked if Hunwick was available. I called Hunwick and he said he was available and so he’s on his way down there. I’ll be watching on TV. He obviously has my blessing.”
Hunwick finished his senior season with 1,071 saves and a 1.98 goals-against average. He started 38 of 39 games for the Wolverines.
Sharrock told ESPN.com that Hunwick will be wearing jersey No. 31, the same number he wore at Michigan.
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