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Report: Dale Hunter back as head coach…with OHL London

Jun 19, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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Weeks after leaving his post with the Washington Capitals, Dale Hunter is returning to the head coaching ranks.

Just not in the NHL.

The London Free Press reports Hunter will resume bench boss duties with the OHL’s London Knights next season. He’ll replace his brother, Mark, who led the Knights to the Memorial Cup final last season while Dale was off taking the Caps to within a game of the Eastern Conference finals.

While it was somewhat surprising when Hunter abruptly left the Caps on May 14, there was little surprise when he bolted straight back to London. He’s both the co-owner and president of the team and has been named OHL coach of the year three times in his 11 years behind the Knights bench.

Over that time, London’s become a factory for first round NHL draft picks. Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Kane, Sam Gagner, John Carlson and John Tavares are all products of the Hunter-led Knights.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Least shocking news I have heard in quite a while
    He did a friend a favor and it was never going to last more than a few months

    He built and owns himself powerhouse

  2. phillyphever - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Speaking of which, what’s taking Washington so long to find a new head coach?

    • gregp1212 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      McPhee said they will hire a coach after the draft, like the Devils did with Deboer.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      From what GMGM is saying… He would like to put together his roster for next season. Complete it. Then find the right guy to lead our 2012-2013 Team…. In my opinion, Adam Oates or Jon Cooper will be the coach of the Washington Capitals

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