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Washington names Tim Hunter assistant coach

Jul 23, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Tim Hunter

Washington Capitals GM George McPhee continued to round out his coaching staff on Monday, announcing longtime NHL assistant Tim Hunter would be joining the staff.

He’ll work alongside fellow assistant Calle Johansson under new bench boss Adam Oates — reuniting a trio that was instrumental in leading the Caps to the 1998 Stanley Cup finals.

(Hunter was an assistant to head coach Ron Wilson that year; Oates and Johansson were second and third on the team in scoring.)

The 51-year-old has been an assistant coach for 13 seasons with the Caps, Sharks and Leafs. As a player, he won a Stanley Cup in 1989 when he was a member of the Calgary Flames.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Holy Cow… I like the move of acquiring Shrek’s Stunt Double to be our final assistant coach!…. Championship!

    • sknzroll - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Cool, we got the TOXIC Avenger for an assistant.

    • sknzroll - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Does he come with a helmet and a short bus?

  2. caps247 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Yep, we were regrouping the 1998 Cup Finals team one piece at a time. I honestly thought for a moment that they were going to hire Bondra, but this is a good move considering that Hunter brings valuable coaching experience that Oatesey and CalleJo don’t have. He also brings toughness to the table with his penalty minutes. Pretty good move IMO.

  3. Chris K - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I feel like Michael Pivonka, Craig Billington, and Steve Konowalchuk are just waiting in the wings for their shot

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Ken Klee

  4. londonfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    I hope this “getting the old band back together” move works out for us. It was getting old watching Gabby come up empty handed every season, and Dale got us so close, but ultimately, defense doesn’t win games. We need the ’08/’09 offensive powerhouse back, with our current defense.

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