Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Capitals announced today that they have named former Capitals Captain and one of only four guys to have their number retired, Dale Hunter, new Capitals Head Coach. Hunter played 19 seasons in the NHL, including parts of 12 seasons in Washington and was the Capitals captain from 1994-95 until 1998-99. Hunter also lead the Caps to the Stanley Cup finals in the 1997-1998 season.
For the past 11 seasons, Hunter has been head coach for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Hunter has compiled a 451-189-23-24 record and is the fastest coach to ever win 300 and 400 career games. He also led the Knights to the Memorial Cup Championship during the 2004-2005 season. Currently the Knights have a 20-5-0-1 record on the season and Hunter just won his 450th game on Saturday.
As a player Hunter has 1,020 points (323 goals, 697 assists) including 3,565 penalty minutes. Besides Washington, Hunter also played for Quebec and Colorado. Hunter is the only NHL player to record 1,000 points and 3,000 penalty minutes. The Caps will hold practice at 11am from Kettler Capitals Iceplex today as they prepare for a three game home stand starting with the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night.