A Nelson hockey player has scored in an NHL game for the first time in nearly two decades.
Florida Panther forward Dryden Hunt scored his first career goal Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Riley Sheahan deked the puck deep into the Red Wings’ zone before passing to an open Hunt for the third-period goal during Florida’s 6-1 win.
Hunt is in his second pro season after signing undrafted with the Panthers. He’s played 33 games over two seasons, and has six points this season through 22 games.
He also has 21 goals and 17 assists in 46 games with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate Springfield Thunderbirds this season.
Greg Adams, who played 1,056 career NHL games, was the last Nelson native to score in the league during his final season with the Panthers in 2000-01.
Other Nelson NHL alumni include Geoff Kinrade, Greg Andrusak, Simon Wheeldon, Pat Price, Mike Laughton and Danny Gare.