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All class: Pierre Turgeon wishes Dale Hunter the best in Washington

Nov 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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As Dale Hunter takes over behind the bench in Washington, his playing career has been well documented. Specifically, just about everyone has been reminded of the rather ugly incident back in the 1993 playoffs when Dale Hunter put his name in the hat for “dirtiest play of the last 20 years,” when he lit up Pierre Turgeon after a goal that effectively ended the Caps season.

Today, Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times got Turgeon’s thoughts on the Capitals’ most recent hire.  His words may surprise you.

“That situation could’ve been a little different, but those things happen, and it happened. Then you move on,” Turgeon told the Washington Times. “There’s no grudge. I’m not holding anything against Dale. The only thing I could say is I wish him the best with Washington.”

For those who want a reminder, here’s what Turgeon was talking about when he said, ‘those things happen’:

Talk about a classy guy. Turgeon has more understanding than Mother Teresa at a shopping mall on Christmas Eve.

He went onto explain that he thinks the Caps will thrive under their new coach. “I’ve got the feeling he’s going to do very well. He’s been around hockey and he’s got a good hockey head,” Turgeon shared.

“I have no doubt he’s going to do well.”

  1. bcisleman - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    It is classy–and healthy– on Turgeon’s part to move past the incident. Ed Westfall had it right, however. That was not a hockey play. Hunter “mugged” Turgeon.

    It was a criminal act and Hunter should have been arrested. If I were the late Dennis Dillon–Nassau County DA at the time–I would have had him arrested and released on bail. I would then have made it very clear to the NHL that Hunter would be given probation on condition that he be suspended for a year and come back to Nassau County to do community service.

    That did not happen and, to my knowledge, Hunter has never made amends to Turgeon. He ought to do so publicly. That would show some class on his part.

  2. arrooo - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    The hell with hunter. The isles went on to defeat heavily favorite, defending champs, Pittsburgh. Then lost to Montreal. The Isles never recovered from that hit. Never coming close to the finals again. He should never be forgiven for that mugging.

    • babykaby - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:05 PM

      For your own heart health, you need to move on.

  3. mmmpierogi - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    I was a Pens fan that grew up in the late 1980’s and remembered watching Turgeon in games primarily when he played for the Sabres and Isles and respecting him a lot for his leadership and sportsmanship, so it’s not surprising to see this now. Another guy from that era that I think of in a somewhat similar manner is LaFontaine.

  4. babar61 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Turgeon is a hypocrite anyway. This is the same guy who cracked a rookie in the head with a stick in Dallas stars training camp 10 years ago.

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