Where are they now?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

Garrulous laughter often could be heard during London Knights practices last week at the Memorial Cup and you can bet it wasn't coming from Mark or Dale Hunter.

No, it usually was supplied by big brother Dave, who was in town from Edmonton for the festivities.

Much has been made of the job Mark, the Knights general manager, and Dale, the coach, did in putting together such a solid junior club. Dave hasn't done so badly for himself either since retiring from the NHL in 1989.

Dave, who was a member of three Stanley Cup teams with the Oilers, remained in the Edmonton area, and now is a partner in an oil field service company.

"Life is really good," said Hunter, who clearly has been enjoying some Alberta beef. "I used to come back in the summers (to work on the Hunter family farm near Petrolia), but we met a bunch of great people in Alberta and it was easy to stay out there."

Armed with a deep laugh, Hunter and wife Joyce live on a 10-acre spread and have a few riding horses. Not that Dave, who was listed at 195 pounds during his playing days, actually saddles up. He appears to have gained at least 50 pounds.

"I'm too fat, like Hoss Carter on Bonanza," Hunter, who also does some work in the insurance business, said with a big chuckle. "The years slip by and I've gotten fatter."

Aside from the excess pounds, Hunter also has the memories that come with being a part of a hockey dynasty. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1978, Hunter was claimed by the Oilers in the 1979 expansion draft and remained with the organization until November 1987 when he was included in the trade that sent Paul Coffey to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After brief tenures with the Penguins and Winnipeg Jets, Hunter was claimed on waivers by the Oilers in January 1989 and played 32 more games there before retiring.

In 746 career games, Hunter had 133 goals and 190 assists. His most productive season was in 1983-84, when he had 22 goals and 48 points. The spring of 1984 marked the Oilers' first Stanley Cup triumph.

"I was fortunate to play with Wayne Gretzky and all the boys," said the 47-year-old Hunter, who has a pair of season tickets to Oilers home games. "It was one of those things where everybody got along so well and everybody cared for each other. But I was just one of the average players on those teams. Sometimes you have to have a little luck to be there at the right time."


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