Earlier this year, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Jack Johnson from LA. Now Wolverine fans have another reason to pay attention to that NHL team down South.
Shawn Hunwick is a Blue Jacket. Steve Mason took a puck in the head in warmup, leaving Columbus short a goalie for their game against the Red Wings tonight. They called Michigan to find out if Hunwick was available. So he's on his way down there to be the backup tonight. Columbus said that he could be signed for the rest of the year if Mason will miss more time.
Maybe this Cinderella story didn't end with the clock striking midnight in Green Bay. The goalie who sat the bench for 2 1/2 years only to become arguably the best goalie in the nation is headed to The Show. Similarly to how he was talking to D-3 schools and wound up at Michigan, he had just been discussing going to play overseas before getting this call. Maybe it will just be for this one game and he'll still end up in Europe. Or maybe history will repeat and this opportunity will lead to another chance state-side.
If Hunwick remains with the Jackets, he may face his brother Matt in their game against the Avalanche in the near future.