The Faceoff: Hunter Shinkaruk

Hunter Shinkaruk’s father took a job as the dentist of the Calgary Hitmen, a local junior team, to bring his son closer to the game he loved. Proximity proved a powerful motivator—the Kunlun Red Star forward and Vancouver Canucks draft pick launched a career that has spanned fourteen time zones and over 5,000 miles. Despite a tumultuous start to the season for the Dragons, Shinkaruk has found an individual rhythm, logging five points in ten games despite a fourteen-day quarantine and late arrival.

Shinkaruk joined Kunlun Red Star last season, just ahead of their never-ending final road-trip when COVID-19 closed borders and rendered the team homeless. After an extended and unorthodox off-season, he returned to a number of new circumstances—including a largely unfamiliar coaching staff and a temporary home base in Mytishchi, Russia. He credits the personalities on the team for navigating last season’s challenges with a sense of humor, and is excit

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