SPRINGFIELD, MO â€“ Walpole Express forward, Hunter Saunders, is the latest to commit to Missouri State for the 16-17 season. The Nashville, TN native has spent time with the Alexandria Blizzard (NA3HL), Philadelphia Little Flyers (MetJHL), and EHL for Walpole.
â€œI chose to commit to Missouri State because I like the direction the program is headed. Also, the team was very welcoming on my visit and it seemed to me that everyone took pride in being an Ice Bear.â€
Saunders brings a relentless work ethic to the Bears who are looking to earn a trip to the ACHA Division I National Championship Tournament next season.
The 5â€™11 forward models his game after Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators (NHL). â€œHis vision and love for the game is what I take notes on and what I try to bring (to my performance) on the ice.â€
Saunders plans on studying health science at Missouri State to become a personal trainer or to one day help children with disabilities.
â€œI’m excited to have the best fans in the ACHA in my corner so I hope they notice my work ethic and drive to give them a win night in and night out. Plus I’m not afraid to mix it up for my teammates and what crowd doesn’t love that?â€
Saunders hopes to become an impact player (especially on the PK) and win a WCHL conference title and make a deep run at the National Championship Tournament every season.
When he is not on the ice , Saunders enjoys being around friends and family, fishing, and hanging out in downtown Nashville, TN.