Barons defenseman Brandon Davidson, who returned after undergoing cancer treatment during the season, has been named the 2012-13 winner of the Fred Hunt Memorial Award as the American Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer early in the season and returned to play three months after the initial diagnosis. In November, Davidson had the cancerous tissue removed and underwent one round of chemotherapy.
Following successful treatment, the 21-year-old Davidson returned to the Barons lineup in February. Primarily a defenseman, Davidson started that game and played the first shift as a forward.
Davidson was assigned by the Edmonton Oilers’ to their ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif., to work on his game. With Stockton he scored 12 points in 11 games. He was promoted to Oklahoma City on March 10 and has been a valuable member of a young defensive corps that’s improved significantly late in the season.
The Oilers’ sixth round draft choice, selected 162nd overall in the 2010 draft, Davidson has scored five points in 22 games with the Barons.
Th Hunt award, voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities, was first presented by the AHL in 1978. It honors the late Fred T. Hunt, who won three Calder Cup championships as a player and three more as a general manager during a career spent primarily with the AHL’s Buffalo Bisons.
This is the second time a member of the Barons, in their third season, has won the award. Bryan Helmer earned the award during the 2010-11 season.