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Dale Hunter
Dalehunter
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Quebec Nordiques
Washington Capitals
Colorado Avalanche
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 31 1960 (1960-07-31) (age 56),
Petrolia, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 41st overall, 1979
Quebec Nordiques
Pro Career 1980 – 1999

Dale Robert Hunter (born July 31, 1960, in Petrolia, Ontario) is a former Canadian player and current co-owner of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and current Head Coach of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

NHL careerEdit

Selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Hunter played seven seasons in Quebec before he was traded the Washington Capitals in return for a draft pick used to select Joe Sakic. Hunter currently has the second-most penalty minutes in NHL history, amassing a staggering 3565 penalty minutes. Dale Hunter served as the team captain for the Capitals. He broke the 1000 points barrier (and is the NHL record holder for requiring the most games to do so, at 1308, as well having the most penalty minutes when reaching that scoring milestone) and played in the NHL All-Star game in 1997. The following year, he led the fourth seeded Capitals to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, defeating the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Buffalo Sabres, but they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the finals. He finished off his career with the Colorado Avalanche, the successor to the Nordiques, and helped the team to reach the Western Conference finals, losing in seven games to the eventual cup winners Dallas Stars.

Hunter is the only player in NHL history to score two overtime winners in the final possible game of a Stanley Cup playoff series, scoring in overtime for Quebec in Game 5 of their 1982 opening round best-of-5 series vs. the Montreal Canadiens, and in 1988 scoring against Ron Hextall on a breakaway in overtime for Washington in Game 7 of their opening round best-of-7 series vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

Post-NHLEdit

Hunter's jersey number (#32) was retired by the Capitals on March 11, 2000. During the ceremony, the Capitals presented Hunter with one of the penalty boxes from the Capital Centre (the Capitals former home arena), symbolic of his exceptional amount of time served for penalties. Hunter became the co-owner, president and head coach of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, which won the 2005 Memorial Cup. On January 1, 2006, Hunter and his brother, fellow former NHLer Mark Hunter, as co-owners of the London Knights, were named to the 2006 Mayor's New Year's Honours List for Sports by the City of London, Ontario. Hunter's older brother Dave Hunter is also a former NHLer. His son Dylan Hunter is a prospect in the Buffalo Sabres system and his son Tucker currently plays for the Knights.

On November 28, 2011, Hunter was hired as the Washington Capitals new Head Coach.


NotorietyEdit

Hunter achieved notoriety for fouling other players. He holds one of the NHL's longest suspension records: 21 games for delivering a cross check to Pierre Turgeon from behind. Late in the deciding Game 6 of the 1993 Patrick Division Semifinals between the Capitals and New York Islanders, Turgeon stole the puck from Hunter and scored, putting the game out of reach. Hunter, who was trailing Turgeon on the play, checked Turgeon just after the goal while he started to celebrate. Turgeon sustained a separated shoulder from the hit, causing him to miss the following playoff series against the Penguins, though he played in Game 7 of that series, and much of the series against the Montreal Canadiens. During that first-round series, Hunter had led his team with eight postseason goals. New NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who had earlier promised to crack down on violence, suspended Hunter for the first 21 games of the 1993–94 season—at the time, the longest suspension in league history for an on-ice incident (in terms of games missed). Years later, Hunter admitted that he'd gone too far.

However, according to his former Quebec Nordiques coach Michel Bergeron, even though Hunter was nicknamed the "Nuisance" on ice (La Petite Peste in French), he was known to be "humble" in the dressing room and a sort of "gentleman", close to all the players. He was the "perfect player", always the first to arrive at practice and ready to do all his best for the team. Thanks to his charisma, Hunter was a fan favourite in both Quebec and Washington. His leaving made Quebec very sad, and was seen as an obvious "mistake" linked to the team's future decline.

Hunter currently has the second-most penalty minutes in NHL history, after Dave "Tiger" Williams. As of the end of the 2005–06 NHL season, he holds the record for most number of playoff games played without playing for a Stanley Cup-winning team, at 186 games.

Career statisticsEdit

Hunter is the only player in NHL history to amass over 1000 points and over 3000 minutes and penalties together.

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 68 22 42 64 115 9 1 0 1 32
1978–79 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 59 42 68 110 188 10 4 12 16 47
1979–80 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 61 34 51 85 189 9 6 9 15 45
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 19 44 63 226 5 4 2 6 34
1981–82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 22 50 72 272 16 3 7 10 52
1982–83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 17 46 63 206 4 2 1 3 24
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 24 55 79 232 9 2 3 5 41
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 20 52 72 209 17 4 6 10 97
1985–86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 28 42 70 265 3 0 0 0 15
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 10 29 39 135 13 1 7 8 56
1987–88 Washington Capitals NHL 79 22 37 59 240 14 7 5 12 98
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 80 20 37 57 219 6 0 4 4 29
1989–90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 23 39 62 233 15 4 8 12 61
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 76 16 30 46 234 11 1 9 10 41
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 28 50 78 205 7 1 4 5 16
1992–93 Washington Capitals NHL 84 20 59 79 48 6 7 1 8 35
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 52 9 29 38 131 7 0 3 3 14
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 45 8 15 23 101 7 4 4 8 24
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 82 13 24 37 112 6 1 5 6 24
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 32 46 125
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 82 8 18 26 103 21 0 4 4 30
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 50 0 5 5 102
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 2 4 6 17 19 1 3 4 38
OHA totals 188 98 161 259 492 28 11 21 32 124
NHL totals 1407 323 697 1020 3565 186 42 76 118 729

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
LDN2001–02 682427107655th in WestLost in Second Round
LDN2002–03 68312773722nd in MidwestLost in Second Round
LDN2003–04 685311221101st in MidwestLost in Third Round
LDN2004–05 68597201201st in MidwestWon Memorial Cup
LDN2005–06 684915-41021st in MidwestLost in OHL Finals
LDN2006–07 685014-41041st in MidwestLost in Third Round
LDN2007–08 683824-6822nd in MidwestLost in First Round


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Preceded by
Kevin Hatcher
Washington Capitals captains
199499
Succeeded by
Adam Oates


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