On Sunday, Feb. 4, in a game at the Gallant Arena on the campus of Merrimack College, Connecticut Jr. Rangers defenseman Hunter Scanlon scored his record-breaking 193rd career point and added one more to end the day at 194 to set the new mark. This made him the Premier’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen.
He then also became the first Premier blueliner to pass the 200-point mark after an eight-point game against the Brooklyn Aviators. He now has 202 points in 120 career regular season games.
Scanlon, a native of Rockford, Ill., first signed on in the USPHL Premier in the 2021-22 season with the former New York Aviators (prior to that franchise being sold to the current Brooklyn Aviators ownership). With the Aviators, under Head Coach Mike Stanaway, he scored 32 points before improving to 72 points in 2022-23, when the Aviators finished the season at the USPHL Nationals. In seven total postseason games, he scored 10 points.
This year, he’s already set the single season mark for USPHL Premier defenseman scoring with 98 points (the previous record was 74 held by the New York Aviators’ Danylo Sukhonos). He still has enough games ahead to pass 100 points for the first time for a blueliner in the league.
When Mike Stanaway became Head Coach with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers during the 2023 off-season, Scanlon was one of many former New York Aviators who joined him in Stamford, Conn. He took a moment to send some thoughts about the record and his real goals behind his production.