Hunter is the only player in NHL history to have more than 1,000 points (1,020; 323 goals, 697 assists) and 3,000 penalty minutes (3,565, second all-time to Dave Williams). Despite spending so much time in the penalty box, he ended his career with nine 20-goal seasons and six with at least 70 points.
The Quebec Nordiques selected Hunter in the second round (No. 41) of the 1979 NHL Draft after a 110-point season (42 goals, 68 assists) with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League. One year later, Hunter was in the NHL and finished his first season with 63 points (19 goals, 44 assists) in 80 games.