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Goalie Shawn Hunwick and defender Ian Saab bolster Red Bulls' ranks

Shawn Hunwick & Ian Saab

EC Red Bull Salzburg has added strength to its goaltending line-up in the shape of Shawn Hunwick and is delighted to welcome on board the 25-year-old American, who last season also celebrated his first brief appearance with NHL team the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the last three years the 1.70 m goalie has won the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) title once with the University of Michigan team, with his performances not going unnoticed. In the 2009-2010 championship season he was crowned "Tournament MVP", and one year later, when the team once again came top of the NCAA regular season, he was voted best goalie.

Last season, in which he made 40 appearances for Michigan, he was also nominated for the "Hobey Baker Award", which rewards the player who best "exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice and contributes to the integrity of the team and dis-plays outstanding skills in all phases of the game".

In Salzburg the goalie is hoping to showcase his skills, but first he will have to earn his place on the team - in the Red Bulls' goal - by proving himself in the European Trophy games. "Shawn Hunwick has worked with coach Red Berenson, who has already brought several players into the NHL. And this year he came very close to winning the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the best NCAA College player of the year. It's an award which Ryan Duncan won in 2007," says Salzburg's head coach Pierre Pagé, who thinks very highly of the diminutive goalie. Shawn Hunwick is expected in Salzburg at the end of the week. 
Ian Saab is also hoping that his ambitious style will win him a place on the Red Bulls' 1st division team, but to begin with he is only entitled to play on the farm team. The 20-year-old defender last year celebrated a QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) win with the Saint John Sea Dogs and put in strong performances in defence in 64 games. In the battle for the league trophy, the Memorial Cup, the Sea Dogs were knocked out in the semi-final by subsequent winners the Shawinigan Cataractes (in the preliminary round of the final tournament the Sea Dogs celebrated a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings, whose forward Tyler Maxwell joined the Red Bulls six weeks ago). 

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