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Capitals Name Dale Hunter Head Coach

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Dale Hunter the team’s head coach, replacing Bruce Boudreau, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Hunter, 51, becomes the 15th coach in Washington Capitals history and will make his debut behind the bench tomorrow as the Capitals host the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center.

Hunter helped the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) win their first Memorial Cup Championship in 2004-05 and is the fastest head coach in OHL history to record 300 and 400 career wins. The Petrolia, Ont., native owns the highest winning percentage in league history with a record of 451-189-23-24 (.691) in his 11 seasons behind the bench for London and was the 2003-04 winner of the Brian Kilrea Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Coach of the Year.

Hunter played 19 seasons in the NHL from 1980-99, appearing in 1,407 games and collecting 1,020 points (323 goals, 697 assists) along with 3,565 penalty minutes with Quebec, Washington and Colorado.

Hunter is one of just four players to have their numbers retired by the Washington Capitals as his No. 32 was retired by the team on March 11, 2000. Hunter captained the Capitals from the 1994-95 season until the 1998-99 season and was named to the NHL All-Star Team in 1997. He played in 872 games for the Capitals from 1987-99 and compiled 556 points (181 goals, 375 goals) and 2,003 penalty minutes. Hunter ranks first all-time in Capitals’ history in penalty minutes, fourth in games played, tied for ninth in goals and third in assists. His 100 career playoff games with the Capitals rank tied for first in team history while his 72 points and 47 assists both lead the franchise.

Hunter is the only player in NHL history to record more than 1,000 points and 3,000 penalty minutes. He ranks second in NHL history in penalty minutes, 53rd in assists and 73rd all-time in points and his 186 playoff games rank tied for 23rd all-time. He was originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the second round (41st overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

This season the Knights lead the OHL with a 20-5-0-1 record and 41 points. Hunter earned his 450th career win on Saturday, Nov. 26 in a 7-2 win over Erie. The Knights are currently the top-ranked team in the CHL and have been ranked No. 1 for seven of the 10 weeks this season and each of the past six weeks (CHL’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts).  During his time in London, Hunter has coached current Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Dennis Wideman and has worked with numerous other current NHL players such as Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Kane and John Tavares.

London has won 50 or more games three times and finished first in the OHL four times under Hunter, including a CHL record-setting season in 2004-05 when the Knights finished with a record of 59-7-2-0 and went 20-2-0-0 in the playoffs on the way to the first Memorial Cup championship in London history.

Coaching Record

Season

Team

Lge

GP

W

L

T

OTL

2001-02

London Knights

OHL

50

19

25

6

0

2002-03

London Knights

OHL

68

31

27

7

3

2003-04

London Knights

OHL

68

53

11

2

2

2004-05

London Knights

OHL

68

59

7

2

0

2005-06

London Knights

OHL

68

49

15

0

4

2006-07

London Knights

OHL

68

50

14

0

4

2007-08

London Knights

OHL

68

38

24

0

6

2008-09

London Knights

OHL

68

49

16

0

3

2009-10

London Knights

OHL

68

49

16

0

3

2010-11

London Knights

OHL

68

34

29

0

5

2011-12

London Knights

OHL

26

20

5

0

1



Playing Record

SEASON

TEAM

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PPG

SHG

GWG

S

S%

1980-1981

Nordiques

80

19

44

63

5

226

2

0

2

152

13

1981-1982

Nordiques

80

22

50

72

26

272

0

2

1

124

18

1982-1983

Nordiques

80

17

46

63

10

206

1

2

1

125

14

1983-1984

Nordiques

77

24

55

79

35

232

7

2

1

123

20

1984-1985

Nordiques

80

20

52

72

23

209

3

3

3

115

17

1985-1986

Nordiques

80

28

42

70

6

265

7

0

4

152

18

1986-1987

Nordiques

46

10

29

39

4

135

0

0

0

53

19

1987-1988

Capitals

79

22

37

59

7

240

11

0

1

126

18

1988-1989

Capitals

80

20

37

57

-3

219

9

0

3

138

15

1989-1990

Capitals

80

23

39

62

17

233

9

1

6

123

19

1990-1991

Capitals

76

16

30

46

-22

234

9

0

2

106

15

1991-1992

Capitals

80

28

50

78

-2

205

13

0

4

110

26

1992-1993

Capitals

84

20

59

79

3

198

10

0

2

120

17

1993-1994

Capitals

52

9

29

38

-4

131

1

0

1

61

15

1994-1995

Capitals

45

8

15

23

-4

101

3

0

1

73

11

1995-1996

Capitals

82

13

24

37

5

112

4

0

3

128

10

1996-1997

Capitals

82

14

32

46

-2

125

3

0

5

110

13

1997-1998

Capitals

82

8

18

26

1

103

0

0

1

82

9.8

1998-1999

Capitals

50

0

5

5

-7

102

0

0

0

18

0

Avalanche

12

2

4

6

0

17

0

0

0

6

33

NHL TOTALS

1,407

323

697

1,020

98

3,565

92

10

41

2,045

16

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