Oklahoma City - The American Hockey League announced today that Barons defenseman Brandon Davidson
has been named the 2012-13 winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league's 30 cities. Davidson, a 6-1, 202-pounder from Lethbridge, Alberta overcame a diagnosis of testicular cancer early in the 2012-13 season and returned to play just three months after the initial diagnosis. Following the diagnosis in November, Davidson had the cancerous tissue removed and one round of chemotherapy.
Following the successful treatment of the disease, the 21-year-old Davidson began the process to return to playing the sport of ice hockey. On February 8, just three months after the initial diagnosis, Davidson returned to the Barons lineup. Although a defenseman, he started that game and played the first shift as a forward.
Later in the month, he was assigned to the Oilers ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif. to earn some valuable game-time minutes. He excelled with Stockton scoring 12 points (7-5-12) in 11 games played. He was assigned to Oklahoma City on March 10 and has been a valuable member of the Barons defensive corps as the team makes their push toward the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Davidson, the Oilers 6th round draft choice (162nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared in 22 games with the Barons this season and registered five points (2-3-5).
This award, which was first presented by the AHL in 1978, honors the late Fred T. Hunt, a long-time contributor to the league who won three Calder Cup championships as a player and three more as a general manager during a career spent primarily with the AHL's Buffalo Bisons.
This marks the second time a member of the Barons has won this distinguished award. Bryan Helmer earned the award during the 2010-11 season.
Oklahoma City wraps up a four-game road trip tomorrow night in Toronto against the Marlies at 6 p.m. (ct). The Barons return home for three home games this weekend. Friday and Saturday evening, the Barons take on the Abbotsford Heat at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., the Barons close out their regular season slate of games against the Houston Aeros. All games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY.