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Caps owner Leonsis says “Scratch Hunter” signs should’ve been permitted

Mar 7, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Picture courtesy of: @KnublesKnights Picture courtesy of: @KnublesKnights

Prior to Washington’s 4-3 OT loss to Carolina on Tuesday night, a group of Capitals fans dubbed Knuble’s Knights flashed their “Scratch Hunter” signs — referring to Caps head coach Dale Hunter, who has made veteran alternate captain Mike Knuble a healthy scratch several times this season.

The signs caused quite a stir and were eventually taken down by Verizon Center staff — but they shouldn’t have been, according to Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

From Ted’s Take:

Here is the short, simple truth: A couple of players saw a sign at ice level during warm-ups that they felt was disrespectful toward our coach. One of the players asked one of the bench personnel to see if he could get them to take it down. One of our arena employees thought he was being helpful, and asked the fans to take it down. By the accounts that have been shared with me, the fans were cordial and respectful.

In actuality, the sign did not violate any of our policies (e.g., profanity, political, commercialism or obstruction) and should have been permitted.

In related news, I just bought Apr. 8 in the “When will Hunter go back to junior?” pool.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    If you don’t want your coach disrespected then go out and play well for him instead of complaining about the fans that make your paycheque possible.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      In fairness, Hunter has absolutely no place in the big leagues. I mean, I agree with you entirely, but still – let’s not imply Hunter’s actually good when he really, really isn’t.

      • bcjim - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        And you know this how?

        Great player and leader…Check

        Great Jr. record….Check

        40 games and you are ready to candemn him.

        I remember DH32, he has my blessing to coach as long as he likes no matter WHAT. Show some respect.

      • bcjim - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM


  2. seanb20124 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Haha, Leonsis fought a fan once for being disrespected to him at the old MCI Centre

  3. kdmd35 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Just because you were once a good player does not mean you deserve to be a head coach, sports are results driven and his results are not cutting it. Prediction: caps finish last in the lowly southeast

  4. workn4daman - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Can we be honest here?

    Dale Hunter was never very good, he was average at his very best.
    His cheap shot on Pierre Turgeon says all we need to know about this knuckle dragger.

    “Hunter achieved notoriety for committing penalties against other players. He holds one of the NHL’s longest suspension records: 21 games for delivering a late hit to Pierre Turgeon from behind.”

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