Dale Hunter Fired: Capitals Coach, Dale Hunter is finished as coach of the Washington Capitals after less than one full season, telling the team he wants to return to his family in Canada. Hunter says: “It was the right thing to do.” He is the owner of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, a junior hockey team currently playing for the Memorial Cup. One of his three children is an assistant coach with the Knights, and Hunter’s brother Mark took over as head coach when Hunter left to join the Capitals in November, replacing the fired Bruce Boudreau.
“I’m going home,” Hunter said, a couple of hours after delivering the news to Capitals general manager George McPhee. “I’ve got a good thing going there with the family, so I’ll stay home.”
Hunter met with McPhee at the team’s practice facility on Monday morning, two days after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7.
“We could have very easily won that series,” McPhee said.
The GM said he didn’t even attempt to change Hunter’s mind, because “there’s no gray in Dale’s life.”
“I’d rather have him for six months than not at all,” McPhee said.